Former Barcelona manager and current boss of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, is planning to raid his former recruiters and spend in excess of 100 million euros in the transfer market!
Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola enjoyed a massive spell of success during his time in Catalonia as Barcelona’s manager. In his highly fruitful career at the Camp Nou, Pep Guardiola took the Catalans to a treble in his first season in charge and most of it was down to his midfield.
At Manchester City as well, the 47 year old has been able to grind out the results and managed to win the Premier League title last season with an unassailable lead that saw the Citizens pick up 100 points at the end of 38 games. Most of that success was down to the midfield, which Pep is keen on boosting up in the next summer.
While at Barcelona, Xavi and Sergio Busquets formed a core of his pitching in the central area of the park. While moves for both of those legends are nearly impossible, Pep is plotting a transfer for Xavi’s widely considered successor Arthur, who has been a hit at Barcelona since joining the club this summer from Gremio. The former Bayern boss is expected to place a bid worth 105 million euros for the Brazilian.
Also, with Fernandinho ageing, the City boss is considering investment in a defensive midfielder and has identified as Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund as an equivalent of Sergio Busquets to play in the holding role. The Etihad chiefs are likely to invest 75 million euros on the German.
With 180 million euros of investment planned, Manchester City would certainly have sealed their future if they manage to land Arthur and Weigl. While getting the former would be difficult, it’s difficult for any player to reject advances from Pep Guardiola whereas Man City should easily snap up Weigl if they wish to.