Report: Manchester City plot significant summer overhaul - four in, two out

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Manchester City are said to want Everton’s John Stones this summer.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Manchester City are plotting a major summer overhaul in order to have a team ready to fit Pep Guardiola’s style of play.

The British editorial lists Everton’s John Stones as their major target, with Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony the two players to make away as they don’t fit the profile.

“Manchester City are planning an expensive summer overhaul to build a squad capable of playing the Pep Guardiola way, with Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony poised to be two of the major casualties,” the report states.

City are seemingly confident of landing Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola in the summer, and the Spaniard’s admission of wanting a Premier League switch hints that it’s on the cards.

Guardiola is a renowned tactician who likes his teams to play a strict possession-based game with plenty of interchanging, mobility and freedom in the final third.

But City, while playing an expansive game under Manuel Pellegrini, have a few players designed to play a more direct style prompting duo Bony and Mangala to be earmarked for potential exits.

The Telegraph state that among City’s major summer targets is Everton’s John Stones, with the Toffees centre-back picking up a reputation as one of the best ball-playing centre-backs in England.

Stones will have a number of likely suits this summer, yet City’ vast financial clout could give them a big advantage over their rivals while the Guardiola pull could also prove significant.

City are also said to want a new forward, central midfielder and wide man as they look to embark on a new adventure under the guidance of Europe’s most sought-after manager.

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