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Aaron Ramsey is one of Pep Guardiola’s top midfield targets for the summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Arsenal midfielder is in the sights of the new Manchester City manager as he plots an overhaul of the Premier League club’s squad.
A City recruitment source has told Football Insider that Guardiola is a big admirer of Ramsey, who has returned to his best form since being played in his favourite central midfield role.
Arsenal will resist bids to entice the 25-year-old but could face a battle to keep the Welshman if he is moved out wide again when Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are both fully fit.
Ramsey made it clear to Arsene Wenger that he was unhappy at being played on the right flank for much of 2015.
As reported by Football Insider on Monday, Guardiola has discussed at length potential summer targets for City even though he is still in command at Bayern Munich.
The new City manager has been in regular contact with director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano since a deal was agreed in December for him to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season.
Guardiola will be presented with a kitty of at least £150million to turn City into the dominant force in English and European football.
Discussions have taken place between Guardiola, Begiristain and Soriano, who worked together so successfully during the manager’s trophy-laden Barcelona spell, about the positions and players to target as part of a summer recruitment drive.
A City source has told Football Insider that the club will be in the market for a new centre-back, right-back, left-back, central midfielder, wide forward and striker.
Among the early names to have been touted as possible targets include Juventus kingpin Paul Pogba, Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, whom Guardiola took with him from Barca, and Schalke youngster Leroy Sane, a player the new City manager has already hailed as the rising star of German football.
The combination of City’s vast resource and the lure of working under Guardiola could be decisive in City’s attempts to attract some of the biggest talents in world football.