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Pep Guardiola closing in on double Manchester City swoop including £40m target

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has revealed that the club are close to completing two more transfer deals, but only after Euro 2016.

The Premier League outfit have already signed Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito this summer, while new coach Pep Guardiola was unveiled to supporters over the weekend.

With more new faces expected in the coming weeks, Soriano has suggested that two more are imminent with deals likely to be concluded after Sunday’s Euro 2016 final.

“You need to change three, four or five players in a season. We have two new players, one gone and maybe we’re halfway,” he told BBC World.

“There will be some more. Two deals are close, the other deals are fairly advanced. Some players don’t want to announce anything until they (the Euros) are finished.

“We believe with Pep we go one step forward in terms of tactical sophistication and playing beautiful football, which is what we want to do. It’s not a massive change, just another step in the direction we want to go.

“He had one month on holiday and spent at least half of it working. All the successful people I’ve known are obsessed. This is how you master an activity.”

Speculation is rife over who the two new signings will be, although it has been claimed by the Manchester Evening News that Leroy Sane and John Stones could be the two in question.

The German international has been linked with a £40m switch to City this summer, while it will take a similarly hefty fee to prise Stones away from rivals Everton.

In turn, it looks like a big summer of spending will continue for Guardiola, as he looks to mould the squad into his vision and bring in personnel that are capable of carrying out his ideas in his preferred system and style of play.

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