Pep Guardiola made 'promise' by Man City officials - three key positions identified for 'reconstruction'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been 'promised' by the Etihad hierarchy of a transfer budget that will enable him to 'reconstruct' several areas of the first-team squad in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to the latest reports.
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been 'promised' by the Etihad hierarchy of a transfer budget that will enable him to 'reconstruct' several areas of the first-team squad in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to the latest reports.

There have been multiple reports over the past couple of months linking City with a number of players in a variety of positions, including the likes of Robin Gosens at left-back, and Denis Zakaria at defensive midfield.

The obvious and most likely position to be refurbished this summer is that of striker - with Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland being the obvious number one choice given his goalscoring form for the Bundesliga club and his existing family connections with Manchester City.

According to Duncan Castles and Ian McGarry on the latest episode of the Transfer Window podcast, Manchester City officials have 'promised' Pep Guardiola a transfer budget which will enable him to 'reconstruct' parts of the team that 'need attention'.

As suggested by the recent reported targets, Castles reaffirms that Manchester City will be in the market for players in three key positions: left-back, defensive midfield, and striker.

A left-back has been named as a 'priority', while defensive midfield is seen as a position required as an area for reinforcement given Fernandinho imminent departure upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the campaign.

On the Haaland front, it has already been reported by the same podcast that Borussia Dortmund may be open to selling Erling Haaland this summer, providing City with a significant boost of confidence in the race for the Norwegian.

Haaland will undoubtedly be one of the most sought after talents in Europe this summer, with German source BILD reporting on Wednesday that the player himself sees the possibility to join only six clubs: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

City have seen incredible amounts of success on the field so far this season, playing without a natural striker in the large majority of games.

In fact, even when a striker has been on the field for Pep Guardiola's side, the goals have often been shared among the other nine outfield players - and a lack of reliance on an out-and-out centre-forward has been seen by many as a positive.

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