Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has confirmed the club plan to invest in further summer signings during the transfer window.
The Citizens have already confirmed deals to bring in youngster Julian Alvarez and striker Erling Haaland as Pep Guardiola and his team look to improve on their retention of the Premier League title and run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Their business could affect the futures of a number of first-team stars at the Etihad and Al Mubarak has revealed the squad will be rejigged ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
“I can confirm that there will be more players coming in. We are looking to strengthen the team in the areas we need strengthening,” the chairman said. “Every season some players leave and we have to refresh the team.
“We always look at improving and strengthening. We’ve made two very important additions already but I anticipate we will be doing a couple more. We will try to go as fast as we can but it depends on the market. If it was up to me, they would all be done on July 1.”
“We’ve been very deliberate over the years in how we freshen up the squad, how we continuously improve the team very deliberately and then how we infuse it with talent from the academy. It took a while to get the academy going, these things take years but we were patient, we invested and kept at it and now you’ve seen over the last couple of years the academy is producing what Sheikh Mansour envisaged from Day One when he invested into the club.
“That isn’t just a sustainable team but one with a very special academy that we will enhance and grow and improve and ultimate have the combination of talent that we are bringing in from all around the world with the local talent from within the academy.”
Listen to Talking Transfers, 90min’s transfer podcast. On this week’s episode, Scott Saunders, Toby Cudworth and Graeme Bailey discuss Sadio Mane’s Liverpool future, Man Utd’s interest in Darwin Nunez, Ivan Perisic’s move to Spurs and Chelsea’s midfield options.
Gabriel Jesus is one player who could leave in the summer, though 90min understands City remain interested in keeping the Brazilian. West Ham star Declan Rice is another of their targets, though West Ham still hope to sign the England international to a new deal.
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