Manchester City are in an unfamiliar position this summer, as they need to sign at least two players to strengthen their ranks.
With Vincent Kompany leaving and Fernandinho needing a back up as a matter of urgency, Pep Guardiola must bring in some quality to improve his treble-winning team.
Harry Maguire and Matthijs de Ligt are reportedly targets for the centre-back role, while Rodri and Tanguy Ndombele have been linked to provide competition for 33-year-old Fernandinho.
Then there is the case of Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes – the Portugese pair who have enjoyed impressive seasons and are said to be of interest to City .
There have also been reports suggesting City are in the market for reinforcements at full-back. Danilo is linked with an exit, while there are concerns over Benjamin Mendy’s fitness after an injury-hit two years at the club.
So what could a dream starting XI look like for City when they take on Liverpool in the Community Shield in August? We take a look here:
The £300m team
Matthijs de Ligt is the ultimate target, but won’t come cheap as Ajax are thought to be asking for close to £100m for the 19-year-old.
City appear set on signing Rodri, if reports are to be believed, and his release clause of €70m seems good value in today’s market. Joao Felix’s £106m asking price is slightly more of a risk, but clearly has quality to make one of City’s wing positions his own in the next few years if he joined.
With the likes of Joao Cancelo and Aaron Wan-Bissaka rumoured to be on City’s radar, their spending could top £300m if all transfer targets are secured.
The ‘realistic’ team
De Ligt might be the ideal replacement for Kompany, but he won’t be easy to sign, and City have shown that they won’t wait around for a player who won’t join. Instead, Harry Maguire may be more achievable if City offer the world record fee for a defender that Leicester would reportedly accept.
While Rodri’s signing is close – according to the reports – there are contracting rumours saying Atletico are fighting to keep hold of him. In that case, Tanguy Ndombele might be the player to move to the Etihad instead and undertake the unenviable task of succeeding Fernandinho.
Upfront, there are suggestions five teams have offered the £106m for Felix, and City cannot bank on signing him in today’s market. Their best transfer business could be to keep hold of Leroy Sane, who continues to be linked with Bayern Munich.
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