Manchester City are set to get their summer spending underway in the coming days with a serious statement of intent.
Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions are not resting on their laurels by any means, and multiple reports have suggested that City complete deals to sign Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and Jorginho of Napoli, for a combined £102m, before the end of next week.
City made an attempt to sign Mahrez in January when they lost out on Alexis Sanchez. However, their bids did not meet Leicester’s valuation that the Foxes stuck to their guns and refused to sanction a deal. Guardiola remained patient, and it looks as though he is about to finally bring the Algerian winger to the Etihad for a fee in the region of £60m – a club record – in the near future.
In the case of Jorginho, Guardiola had been looking for a long-term successor to Fernandinho in the defensive midfield role. The highly-rated Italian international had been looked at by Liverpool and Manchester United previously – but with the former signing Fabinho and the latter in advanced talks to sign Fred, the way is clear for City to complete a £42m deal to sign the 26-year-old.
Neither player will be at the World Cup this summer (as their national sides failed to qualify) so will also benefit from a full pre-season with their new club – assuming the deals go through as planned.