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Stones high on list as Man City prepare for Guardiola

Manchester City are set to make major changes to their squad this summer according to reports.

The Telegraph suggests that City chiefs are planning an overhaul of their current playing group as they look ahead to life under Pep Guardiola.

The Bayern Munich manager continues to be heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium at the end of the current season and to prepare for his potential arrival, the 2012 and 2014 Premier League champions are plotting personnel alterations.

One of the players high on their agenda is Everton defender John Stones who would suit the Guardiola style with his ability to bring the ball out of the backline.

City are willing to compete with Manchester United and Chelsea for the signature of the talented 21-year-old who is constantly linked with a Goodison Park departure.

The report indicates that City will part ways with Eliaquim Mangala, who has failed to really impress since his £32million move from FC Porto in the summer of 2014, while back-up striker Wilfried Bony's future at the Etihad is also in danger.

City brass want a more versatile second choice to number one striker Sergio Aguero and will look to offload Bony at the end of the campaign with the Ivory Coast international expected to have many suitors.

Alongside Bony, City fringe players Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri could also be offloaded.

Also on City's defensive wish-list is Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte, who could replace the ageing Martin Demichelis, and is a player Guardiola has shown plenty of interest in.


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