Date: 15th March 2018 at 10:41am
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Pep Guardiola said during a recent press conference that he and the club were looking to bring in a possible two new recruits during this summer’s transfer window.

If the City boss gets his way who do you think could be at the top of his list.

The media are always looking for news stories, especially speculation surrounding which new player could / would fit with Pep’s philosophy.

Based on the above I’ve had a little look around various outlets just to see what news is worthy. I am not going to bother with what I think is total claptrap.

Spirited speculation

Tomas Lemar

Source – Telegraph.

‘Manchester City are preparing a bid for Monaco star Thomas Lemar, according to reports.

‘But the Telegraph reports that City will deal a huge blow to their Premier League title rivals by entering the race for his signature.

‘Lemar, has two years left on his Monaco deal and is likely to leave at the end of the season.’

The 22-year-old France in international is classed as two-footed, albeit he’s slightly better with his left. The Monaco midfielder is more then capable of playing on both wings as well as through the centre in a free role.

In addition the lad is noted for his excellent dribbling skills, strong passing ability and free kicks.

Current value – £75m.

Surely an excellent candidate?

Fred

Source – Manchester Evening News.

‘Pep Guardiola is certain to land Fred in the summer, according to the Brazilian`s former manager.

‘And former Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu insists the deal will happen.

‘Shakhtar Donetsk’s best player is Fred in the centre of midfield,” he said. ‘He was a bit anarchic on the left. I moved him in front of the defence.’

‘He will go to City like Fernandinho before him.’

Another MEN article says…

‘Fred will join Manchester City next summer, according to former Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu.’

Some outlets suggested today contradict this story and say this deal could be dead in the water.

Fred stats

Current market value – £20m.

Andres Iniesta

Source – Daily Mirror.

‘Pep Guardiola is planning an audacious move for Barcelona magician Andres Iniesta.

‘The Spain international has enjoyed incredible success at the Nou Camp and now his former boss wants to give him a swansong in the Premier League.

‘Iniesta, 33, signed a “contract for life” at Barca in October – but sources in Spain suggest that`s believed to be a non-binding agreement.

‘And rumours are circulating in Catalonia that his influence may be dwindling after the arrival of £142million Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January.’

Andres Iniesta stats

Current value – £18 – £25m.

In my opinion this story is a crock of ****. He’s too old and will finish his playing days in Spain.

I wonder who will be linked tomorrow.