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Not only Gvardiol, Guardiola is preparing to steal this jewel from a European giant

The Catalan coach is a great admirer of the player

By Liam Styles

The Catalan coach is a great admirer of the player
The Catalan coach is a great admirer of the player
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After having lost several players in the transfer market, Pep Guardiola gets ready to make a big investment just a few days before the first games of pre-season start for the Citizens. The Catalan coach had already signed Matheo Kovacic from Chelsea to replace Gundogan, who left the Sky Blues to join FC Barcelona, and in the last few hours it was reported the arrival of Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig.

Gvardiol’s signing seems to be the first of several important moves for Manchester City. The Citizen recently lost Mahrez, who was confirmed as new Al Hilal player in the last few hours, and Pep Guardiola could have already identified his replacement according to the Spanish press. The Catalan coach would go strongly for an important name from a big European rival, and the investment in the player could be really high.

As reported by the Spanish media, in the last few hours Manchester City would have made a strong approach to FC Barcelona to start talks for the Brazilian striker Raphinha, who is really appreciated by Guardiola as he is a big admirer of the Brazilian player, who also would have Premier League background after his successful spell at Leeds, where he played before signing for his current team.

Manchester City would face a big transfer

In this sense, initial contacts have been between Txiki Begiristain (sporting director of City) and Deco (director of football at Barça and former agent of Raphinha). That's not bad news for the Catalans, who need to find €60m by August 31 to sign up their signings and players who signed up last year. Selling Raphinha would be good for the club's finances, which would be a great advantage for City to get the player soon.

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