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Guardiola gets £250m to sign Paul Pogba, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan @ 10:35 pm
On Jun 04, 2016
Incoming manager Pep Guardiola told club chiefs he wanted up to TEN signings and a cull is coming that will spare few of their current first-team squad.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City revolution has begun in earnest with the capture of Ilkay Gundogan.
But that is only the START of a spending spree that will see new manager Guardiola splash a quite astonishing transfer budget this summer which could exceed £250million.
The Spaniard told the City board he needed up to TEN players when he joined, and he has been promised funds to bring that number in over the next three transfer windows.
Former Bayern Munich boss Guardiola wants two centre-halves, two other defenders, a new goalkeeper and a host of midfield and attacking players because he plans a major clear-out and few of the current first-team squad safe from the axe.
Yet £20m Gundogan appears a slightly risky start for the Blues' incoming boss, given that he had suffered FOUR major injuries in the last two seasons and has appeared infrequently for Borussia Dortmund in that time.
The Germans seem pleased to have got so much money for an injury-prone player - who is sidelined until at least September with a serious knee problem and will miss this summer's European Championship as a consequence.
In a message posted on official club social media, Dortmund even seemed to troll the 25-year-old and his new employers by writing:
“The midfielder, who is currently suffering from a knee injury, will leave the eight-time German champions in the summer to join Manchester City, who finished in fourth in the English Premier League last season...”
Gundogan though, explained to City fans that he hopes to be back in training by September after surgery on the dislocated knee-cap and ruptured tendon he suffered in May.
And he confessed his excitement at being the first of incoming manager Guardiola’s signings.
“I had a dislocated patella,” he said. “It happened in training, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.
“A ligament was also stretched and so they operated on it. Now I need to rest and then I hope that at the end of August or start of September I’ll be back on the field and starting a new chapter.”
Gundogan at least had some positive news for City supporters, when he insisted he will bring further success to a club who won this season's Capital One Cup and made their deepest ever Champions League run in reaching the semi-finals but finished only fourth in the Premier League.
“Although I have this injury everyone was sure they wanted to sign me and they called me directly to ask what had happened,” he said.
“Now I have a new challenge and that is to achieve great things with City.
"The opportunity to work with a coach like Pep Guardiola is something I am really looking forward to and I am flattered to be the first signing the club has made this summer.
“This was a great feeling for me. Now I want to give something back with the way I play.”
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