Manchester City look set to spend big once again this summer as incoming manager Pep Guardiola is looking to overhaul the squad ahead of his first season in the Premier League.
There are a number of high-profile names across Europe being linked with summer moves to the Etihad, with the latest reports suggesting three Premier League stars are being targeted.
A report in the Sun claims City will splash the cash to try and bring Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Everton’s John Stones to the club in the coming months.
That trio of top flight talent is worth around £72 million, according to Transfermarkt’s valuations of each player.
But would those three players improve City ahead of next season’s title charge?
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – Estimated value: £41.25 million
Sanchez has been a real hit at Arsenal since moving to the Premier League from Barcelona in July 2014. He ended the last campaign with 13 goals and five assists in 30 league appearances and also performed remarkably well in the Champions League, contributing to eight goals in seven outings. Guardiola signed Sanchez from Udinese while managing Barcelona in 2011 and would love to be reunited with the pacey Chilean at City.
Verdict: Arsenal would do everything in their power to stop their star man leaving for City but it could ultimately come down to where Sanchez himself would prefer to be playing football next season. A move looks unlikely but City won’t be afraid of splashing the cash to land a player as good as Alexis Sanchez. Pairing him with Sergio Aguero in attack would give City one of the most devastating attacks in world football and Guardiola knows how to get the best out of the 27-year-old winger.
Danny Rose – Tottenham – Estimated value: £8.25 million
Danny Rose is once again being linked with a move to the Etihad. The England left-back was reportedly a target for the club last summer but no formal offer was made and he continued to develop at White Hart Lane under Mauricio Pochettino instead. He looks to be a key part of the Spurs team and they would not be prepared to sell to a Premier League rivals. He will travel to Euro 2016 this summer with England and could see his stock rise further if he starts for Roy Hodgson.
Verdict: His estimated value of £8.25 million seems far too low for an England international who is set to be playing Champions League football next term. City might look to table an offer, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy both potentially leaving, but Rose is still not that sound defensively, with his main contributions coming on the attacking side of the ball. If Guardiola wants a bombarding fullback, then Rose could be the man. But if not, they should probably look elsewhere.
John Stones – Everton – Estimated value: £22.5 million
John Stones looks increasingly likely to leave Goodison Park this summer, with several clubs reportedly interested in his services. He will be 22 by the time the new season starts and is still extremely young for a centre-back. He has shown promise and is a confident ball-playing defender, but now needs the right guidance to help him reach his potential. He will be with England at Euro 2016 and his stock will only rise if he impresses at the tournament.
Verdict: City are in need of another central defender, with Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis both failing to inspire over the past two seasons. Vincent Kompany has ongoing injury troubles, while Nicolas Otamendi was inconsistent, so bringing in a young player like Stones makes sense as Guardiola could mould him to perfectly fit his possession-based style of play. He won’t come cheap but would surely be worth the investment.
Do you think Manchester City should be chasing the trio mentioned above? Which of the three should be the main target?