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Man City plot huge overhaul with up to FIVE new transfers and Koulibaly top target after Champions League ban overturned

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MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly plotting a major summer overhaul after overturning their Champions League ban.

Monday’s news that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has accepted their appeal against alleged Financial Fair Play breaches is said to have served as a green light to proceed with some serious spending.

City face competition from Liverpool and Chelsea to snap up Senegal international Koulibaly

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City face competition from Liverpool and Chelsea to snap up Senegal international KoulibalyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Pep Guardiola is hoping to close the gap to Liverpool by beefing up his defence after feeling the impact of individual errors in their title defeat this year.

Therefore as many as three purchases could be made at centre-back and left-back.

According to the Telegraph, the coach’s frustration with Benjamin Mendy is tempting him towards a bid for Ben Chilwell.

The Leicester star is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United with City described as pondering their own approach.

At the very least, remaining in the mix could force their rivals – as the Eastlands club managed when Harry Maguire cost United £85million last summer.

City’s failure to capture a new central defender like Maguire was criticised throughout their failed title defence and Guardiola could be out to make up for lost time this summer.

How City could line up next season

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How City could line up next season

It is reported that Kalidou Koulibaly is a major target, rated by Napoli at upwards of £75million.

On top of that, a younger second signing may be made in the position to replace John Stones, were the England international to leave.

Among the names touted for City are Caglar Soyuncu, Nathan Ake, Benfica’s Ruben Dias, Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar, Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou and Pau Torres of Villarreal.

That would significantly bolster Guardiola’s options with the club said to be doubting Barcelona’s ability to launch a significant bid for Eric Garcia.

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Leroy Sane and David Silva’s exits will also require attention in the summer market.

The club’s coffers were boosted by around £55m with the German’s move to Bayern Munich, and £389m arrived via private equity firm Silver Lake’s November investment.

Monday’s overturned ban should also make City at least £200m if they can go far in the Champions League in the coming seasons.

That should provide enough funds to sign a winger to replace Sane, with Kai Havertz revealed by SunSport to be a target amid rumours about Jack Grealish and Saul Niguez.

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Reportedly rounding off the transfer spree could be another striker to complement Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

Out of contract in 12 months’ time, the Argentine forward has previously vowed to consider a move back to South America.

City may be tempted buy his replacement ahead of time to allow an adaptation period before the new man goes head-to-head with Jesus in 2021/22.

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Inter vs Getafe LIVE: Stream free, TV channel, score, teams – Europa League round of 16 latest updates

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INTER are taking on Getafe as they aim to show why they’re one of the favourites to win the Europa League.

But they’re unlikely to have it all their own way against a team who stunned Ajax to progress 3-2 on aggregate with a display so stubborn Jose Mourinho would have been proud.

This tie will be decided over one leg in neutral Germany tonight after the first leg was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

  • Inter vs Getafe is live on BT Sport 2.
  • Coverage will commence at 7.45pm – 15 minutes before kick-off.
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  • Inter XI: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Bastoni; D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez
  • Getafe XI: Soria; Olivera, Etxeita, Djené, Suarez; Cucurella, Timor, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Nyom; Mata

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Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Stream free, TV channel, score, teams – Europa League round of 16 latest updates

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MANCHESTER UNITED are taking on LASK in what should be a relatively comfortable evening of Europa League football.

Odion Ighalo inspired the Red Devils to a 5-0 first leg away win in Austria in March leaving them with plenty of wriggle room at Old Trafford.

The competition also takes on less significance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than it might have done after United secured a Champions League spot with a 2-0 win at Leicester last week.

  • Man Utd vs LASK is live on BT Sport 1.
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  • Man Utd XI: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire, Williams, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Lingard, James, Ighalo
  • LASK XI: Schlager, Andrade, Trauner, Wiesinger, Renner, Michorl, Holland, Ranftl, Balic, Raguz, Frieser

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Chelsea target Matthias Ginter ‘flattered’ by interest but rules out summer transfer

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CHELSEA transfer target Matthias Ginter says he is “flattered” by their interest – but has ruled out a summer switch.

The Borussia Monchengladbach defender confirmed the Blues had enquired about his availability this summer.

Ginter confirmed Chelsea's interest but said he is staying in Germany

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Ginter confirmed Chelsea’s interest but said he is staying in GermanyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard has already raided Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for star striker Timo Werner.


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And he is desperate to conclude a deal for Ginter’s fellow German top-flight star Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen.

But Ginter says he has no interest in moving to London and is content staying in his homeland.

Ginter, 26, who helped Gladbach qualify for next season’s Champions League, said: “I’m definitely staying in Gladbach.

“Of course I heard of the enquiries and was flattered by this attention.

“But I’ve said often enough how good things are for me in Gladbach.

“The current team has great potential and the coach has brought a huge added value for us.

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“The club is in the process of building something with the great fans and the environment.

“I also have big goals with the club and of course I’m still tied into a contract.”

Germany star Ginter has been at Monchengladbach since moving from Borussia Dortmund for £15million in 2017.

Lampard is reportedly looking to sell four defenders this summer.

The Blues’ defensive frailties were exposed in the 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

All four main centre-backs – Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori – could be on their way out.

Chelsea missed out on Nathan Ake – who has just signed for Man City – because they did not activate their former Academy star’s buy-back option.

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