Reports: Pep Guardiola wants Luis Suarez and Toni Kroos at Manchester City
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has already completed a couple of high-profile signings having signed Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, but the Spaniard wants more quality in his side and he has earmarked Luis Suarez and Toni Kroos as the ideal addition to his squad according to latest reports from ESPN.
It has been a tough week for Manchester City so far as they have watched their bitter rivals Manchester United sign two superstars in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Although Manchester City completed the signing of Spanish winger Nolito, Guardiola is desperate to assemble a squad capable of winning both the league and the Champions League.
Luis Suarez has always been linked with Pep Guardiola, especially as Pep’s brother Pere Guardiola is Suarez’s agent. Manchester City will have to fork out in excess of £85 million if they are to sign the Uruguayan hit-man who is arguably the best striker in the world right now. Also, Luis Suarez has previously stated that he would not play in any other Premier League club other than Liverpool, and it remains to be seen whether Suarez can be convinced to play for Manchester City.
A signing that is slightly more realistic to achieve is that of Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos
The Spanish manager knows Kroos very well having worked with him in his debut season at Bayern Munich in 2013/14. The German midfielder made a move to Real Madrid in 2014 although he had a very good relationship with Pep Guardiola.
In fact, Guardiola did all that he could to keep the German midfielder at Bayern but a disagreement with the Bayern Munich directors over his new contract led to his transfer to Real Madrid. Kroos is currently very happy playing for Los Blancos, but a move to the Premier League and a chance to reunite with his old boss might tempt him away from the Spanish capital.
The German midfielder has a contract until 2020 at the Bernabeu where he earns €6 million per year. However, a move to Manchester City might see him increase his wages considerably. Kroos has a £63 million release clause, and such a sum is not beyond Manchester City’s reach.
Guardiola is keen to put his own imprint on this City side and with Premier League rivals Manchester United already having spent big this summer, Guardiola will be hoping to make a couple of marquee signings of his own.