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5 players Manchester City are targeting this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League
Guardiola will try to improve the quality of his squad in order to grab the title again next season

After clinching the Premier League title, Pep Guardiola's attention now turns to the upcoming transfer window. It will not be easy for them to retain the trophy next season as everyone has witnessed the downfall of Leicester City and Chelsea after both teams had won the titles over the last two seasons.

Although an extra deal of effort is required to retain their position as league leaders next season, it will now be easy for Manchester City to attract the top talents from the different European leagues.

Guardiola is said to be keen on recruiting defender and midfielders. Here are five players that the Citizens could be targeting this summer.

#5 Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)

Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
Thiago Alcantara has been picked by Guardiola to join the English club

According to SkySports news, Alcantara is one of the top transfer targets identified by Guardiola. The former Bayern Munich coach sees the Spaniard as a replacement for Yaya Toure and Fernandinho. The duo could be leaving Etihad Stadium in the near future and the Spanish midfielder has been eyed as a potential successor.

Alcantara previously played under Guardiola while the due were together at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Alcantara has raised his profile with consistent displays in the Bayern midfield for the last couple of seasons.

Arch-rivals, Manchester United, are said to be keen on signing the Bayern midfielder too, but it is more likely for the player to join his former manager.

The 27-year-old is extremely strong with his passing, with an average pass success of 91% this season. Guardiola is a manager who emphasises on passing the ball around to exert dominance over their opponents. As a result, if Alcantara joins the Sky Blues, he should be able to adapt well and quickly to the style of play.

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