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7 fringe players Man City could use in swap deals for Grealish and Kane

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Manchester City will aim to continue their dominance over the Premier League by recruiting two of the divisions biggest stars in the form of Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.

Pep Guardiola has guided City to three titles in four seasons, as well as a number of other domestic trophies, though success in Europe continues to evade them.

Their recent defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final ensured what was an otherwise remarkable season ended on a sour note, but City have already declared they will strengthen in the right areas to ensure they are well-positioned to gun for Europe's top prize next season.

To do so, City are likely to have to sell a number of players first, with a mix of young talent and first-team regulars all up for sale in the shop window according to the Daily Mail.

Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez have both been linked with moves away from the Eithad, with Arsenal emerging as a shock candidate for the signatures of both.

Though the idea of either of Sterling or Mahrez lining up at the Emirates next season, let alone both, feels unlikely given Arsenal's own financial constraints, a move would not be completely out of the picture given the pair's great relationship with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

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Arteta spent three years at City as Guardiola's assistant and had a huge impact on the output of a number of City wide players, including the likes of Sterling, Mahrez and Leroy Sane.

Bernado Silva is another City first-team star who has just two years left on his contract and is reportedly up for sale, the club willing to let the Portuguese international leave for the right fee.

Central defender Aymeric Laporte earned huge plaudits when he first arrived at the Etihad, but the signing of Ruben Dias has rendered his role to back-up at best.

Dias debut season at City saw him take home the Football Writers Association award as well as the Premier League player of the year award, as his partnership at the heart of a title-winning defence with John Stones blossomed.

As a result, Laporte was left to play second fiddle for much of the season, a player of his quality inevitably unhappy with his lack of game-time.

There are a number of City stars either plying their trade away from the club on loan or within the youth ranks who could also be used to bolster transfer funds.

Jack Harrison has established himself as a regular for fellow Premier League outfit Leeds United, having spent the last three years on loan at Elland Road.

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Leeds are expected to trigger an obligation to purchase Jack Harrison for a deal worth £13m including bonuses after proving he can be a vital cog in Marcelo Bielsa's side.

Young defender Pedro Porro impressed after a season on loan at Sporting. The Portuguese champions are keen on tying him to the club on a permanent basis, with City expected to ask for at least £15m for the 21-year-old who earned a Spain call-up earlier this year.

Porro is not the only City fringe player Sporting are thought to be interested in, with striker Lukas Nmecha also catching the eye of the Liga Nos outfit.

Nmecha has made just three substitute appearances at the Etihad, but is already valued at around £15m due to his goal-scoring exploits while on loan at Anderlecht as well as scoring the winner as Germany beat Portugal to lift the Under-21 European Championship on Sunday.

  • Harry Kane
  • Pep Guardiola
  • Premier League
  • Money

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