Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep's Ready to Turn Attention to Sorting out City's Defence

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep's Ready to Turn Attention to Sorting out City's Defence

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CITY will switch their attentions to reinvigorating their defence if they can close deals for a couple of attacking stars in the next week or two.

The Blues have already secured the services of central midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and have targeted front men Nolito and Leroy Sane.

But the other area of the squad which the acquisitions team of Pep Guardiola, Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain highlighted is central defence.

Everton's young England star John Stones remains in their sights but - like the impending deals for Sane and Nolito - things are held up by the players' involvement in Euro 2016.

Aymeric Laporte's decision to remain at Athletic Bilbao was a setback to City's plans, but the Blues have been busy checking out other targets, including Atletico Madrid's Pounds 50million rated stopper Jose Gimenez. …

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