By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City chiefs the team needs up to eight new starting players, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the incoming City manager believes the squad needs a £200million facelift to make them a major title-winning force.
It is said that Guardiola has told the board to make wholesale changes to a team which only scraped into the Premier League’s top four under Manuel Pellegrini.
Despite the vast wealth of Abu Dhabi behind the club, City know it will take them two summer windows to transform their squad to the liking of the demanding squad.
Of the current squad, only Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho are reportedly seen as ideal starters by Guardiola.
Skipper Vincent Kompany is a possible fourth, although the injury-prone Belgian’s fitness record means that recruiting at least one central defender is a top priority for the Spaniard.
City have already been busy preparing for this summer’s transfer market and, as reported by Football Insider, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is expected to become the first major signing of the Guardiola era in a deal worth around £20million.
City are also reportedly working on deals for Athletic Bilbao’s French defender Aymeric Laporte and Schalke winger Leroy Sane.
In other Manchester City transfer news, Everton are eyeing a £40million swoop for a long-standing first-teamer at Etihad Stadium.