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Man City close to completing deals for Sane and Gabriel Jesus

COMMENT: Pep Guardiola is wasting no time during the transfer window and will be half way through rebuilding the squad this summer once the signings of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are completed.

Manchester City have already signed Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan and youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, as the Spanish manager will look to spend most of his time over the next month finding the right defensive options.

But prior to that, Guardiola is eager to land two promising attackers who he has been heavily linked with for much of the summer window.

Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus will cost the English club a fee between £25-30m, having shown his enormous potential with 10 goals and four assists during his 14 appearances for Palmerias in the previous season. He has also gone on to scoring four times whilst playing for his club in the Copa Libertadores this term.

The 19-year-old has the ability to play in any role as an attacker, but his best position looks set to be as a striker.

Regarding the imminent signing of Sane, City are close to meeting Schalke's £42m asking price after the first bid of £35m was rejected.

20-year-old Sane played a big role for the German side last season, helping them finish in fifth place in the Bundesliga as well as firing home eight goals and producing six assists in 33 league appearances. The Germany international has proven to be a difficult player to handle on the wings with his dribbling skills and lightning pace.

Both signings would mean each position in attack will be up for competition and not even Sergio Aguero will be guaranteed a start in the City line-up every week.

On paper, it would seem Raheem Sterling's future is up in the air, but he is likely to be given the chance to prove he can fit into Guardiola's style of play.

Guardiola has certainly made a splash since getting to work at the Etihad Stadium and if he can land both Jesus and Sane soon, he can then focus his attention on landing Everton's John Stones and/or Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci to fill the void in City's troublesome central defence.

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