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Man City gift Guardiola humongous summer transfer budget backed by treble prize money with three targets named

Pep Guardiola of Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Manchester City are preparing for a high-spending summer to make the most of the funds they have received for winning the treble, according to reports.

Saturday’s success in the Champions League final against Inter ensured Man City completed the treble after also winning the Premier League and FA Cup this season. Their historic achievement serves as a warning to rivals about how they can dominate.

And Man City could become an even more frightening opponent if they are able to strengthen their squad further this summer with new signings.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the summer transfer budget at the Etihad Stadium this year could be in the region of £300m.

By winning the Premier League, they earned £180m. Champions League glory has added another £110m to their winnings, while their FA Cup victory was worth £4m.

Furthermore, Man City could raise funds by selling players this summer, just like they did last year. The report reminds that Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Joao Cancelo could all be sold, while Ilkay Gundogan might leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract.

In turn, Man City might be able to regenerate the squad at Pep Guardiola’s disposal. Areas they are thinking of investing in include centre-back and midfield.

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Three targets to strengthen two positions

For the former, they are especially keen on RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol as a potential replacement for Laporte. Since they are both left-footed defenders, that would be a like-for-like evolution.

And for the latter, their top targets include Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic and Celta de Vigo’s Gabri Veiga. Any new arrival there could account for Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, which has been lingering for a while and forced him off in the Champions League final.

Furthermore, the potential loss of Gundogan at the end of his contract would be a major blow for City. The captain has been instrumental to some of their recent successes.

But Guardiola has managed to evolve his squad with relative ease in years gone by. City have bid farewell to other players who have been useful servants, without it damaging their own chances of success too much.

It seems they already have carefully drafted plans in case this summer represents the end of some individuals’ eras at the club.

In turn, it won’t be the end of an era for their own period of dominance as a club. Indeed, their Champions League success may have unlocked a new level of superiority that will make them hard to topple.