Pep Guardiola plotting £148m double swoop to build dominant Manchester City side

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly eyeing moves for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez this summer.

The Spanish tactician has already been busy in the transfer market with the signings of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, but it appears as though he’s far from finished.

Ahead of his first season in charge in the Premier League, Guardiola will be looking to stamp his mark on his squad at the Etihad, and bring in significant quality to ensure that he enjoys a successful first year in Manchester.

With rivals Manchester United splashing out on high-profile players this week, it seems as though City are ready to respond with The Mirror claiming that Kroos and Suarez are on their shortlist.

The German international spent time working with Guardiola at Bayern Munich, but has four years remaining on his deal with Real.

Nevertheless, it is claimed by The Mirror that he has a £63m release clause in his contract, and City have already asked the Spanish giants about whether or not they would be interested in negotiating a deal.

Further, it’s added in the report that although Kroos is happy in the Spanish capital, he would be keen on a reunion with Guardiola and playing in the Premier League.

Perhaps a less realistic prospect is Guardiola’s suggested pursuit of Suarez, although it’s claimed by the British newspaper that the Uruguayan striker is open to the move and would have to convince his family about the decision to leave Spain.

Suarez, who is represented by Guardiola’s brother, Pere, would cost around £85m, as per The Mirror, and so it will certainly be an expensive summer if the new City boss genuinely wants the star pair.

It promises to be the toughest job of the former Barcelona and Bayern boss’s career to date at City, but with the financial backing of the club, they could certainly strike some heavy early blows to their rivals if they are able to pull off major signings such as Kroos and Suarez.

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