Pep Guardiola eyes raids on Arsenal & Barcelona in £78m Manchester City January transfer window spending spree

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is reportedly keen on a January transfer window spending spree that could be worth as much as £78million.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is firmly on Guardiola’s radar again after an injury to Gabriel Jesus, while Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is also a target, according to the Sun.

Their report claims Sanchez could leave Arsenal for around £25m, while Umtiti has a £53m release clause at Barca.

For all that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has criticised City’s spending this season, that’s two world class players in important positions for only slightly more than what BBC Sport claim the Red Devils paid for misfiring striker Romelu Lukaku last summer.

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Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City could happen early due to Gabriel Jesus’ injury

The Sun add that Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez is another possible target and that Guardiola will meet with City chiefs to discuss being given an extra £50m to his transfer budget this winter.

City are already 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League and will take some catching, but Guardiola clearly feels his squad could still be improved.

If his club back him and bring in more top class players, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with domestically and in Europe for the rest of the season.

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