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Report: Manchester City preparing major transfer offers for Spanish full-backs in 2017

Pep Guardiola has already identified his targets

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Manchester City will not stop spending money until Pep Guardiola is satisfied with his squad, and the club will go all out to fill the holes in the Citizens' defense.

According to a report from The Times, Guardiola wants to sign two young, high-quality full-backs to replace his current group of wing defenders. Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are aging quickly and do not look like good fits to Guardiola's system.

The Catalan manager needs fast players who can pass the ball like midfielders and defend well, and none of the current City full-backs fit that mold. Which is why Guardiola has requested the City board to sign at least two players, one for each side, and the ideal targets have been set by the manager.

Arsenal's Héctor Bellerín is the biggest rumor of the moment, and Guardiola does look very interested in signing the 21-year-old. Bellerín has quickly become one of the best, if not the best right-back in the Premier League, and given their Barcelona connections and the friendship with Pep's assistant, Mikel Arteta, Bellerín's move to City is very likely, although very expensive — a £40 million fee would be needed, one of the biggest figures ever paid for a defender.

The other target is Valencia left-back José Luis Gayà, one of the most promising players in Spanish football. Gayà has already established himself as a very good left-back in La Liga, and could be seeking a move to a bigger European club to continue his development. According to reports, Valencia would only agree to sell if Gayà's £45 million buyout fee is paid, but the Citizens could definitely pay that much.

So the targets are set, and the money is in the bank: let the games begin.