Pep Guardiola eyes Real Madrid raid as Man City set to hand him stunning £407m transfer kitty

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City didn’t change their winning formula in the summer transfer window, but look set to make some major signings next summer with Guardiola to be handed a mammoth £407m transfer war chest, according to a report by Spanish outlet Don Balon.

The report states that Pep’s primary target for next year’s transfer window is Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

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The piece states Guardiola is willing to offer more than double the world record fee for a defender when he plots a £180m swoop for the French World Cup winner.

The former Barcelona manager will be well aware of the defender’s ability. At a tender 25 years of age Varane has shown immense maturity whilst partnering Sergio Ramos in central defence as Los Blancos have dominated Europe winning the Champions League a record-breaking three times in a row.

Signing Varane would be considered one of the biggest moves in world football and a statement of intent from Manchester City as they look to steal the limelight from neighbours Manchester United in the coming years.

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Raphael Varane is a transfer target for Manchester City

Should Guardiola recruit Varane next summer the beginning of a new dynasty with Manchester City will be well under way for the Spaniard.

Despite having the likes of Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte on their books, landing a player like Varane would no doubt be seen as a step up, with the player a proven winner with an impressive trophy haul for club and country.

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