Manchester City want Pep Guardiola to help the club prepare for the future, beyond his three-year contract with the club, according to the Telegraph.
Guardiola will take the reins at City in the summer and is expected to shake-up the squad.
In terms of incomings, Ilkay Gundogan and Paul Pogba have been touted as potential signings while Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos could be pursued as he is believed to be unsettled at Real Madrid.
City are also said to be huge admirers of Everton duo Ross Barkley and John Stones. However, City already have a top defensive prospect of their own in Jason Denayer, who has spent the current campaign on loan at Galatasaray.
It is understood that he will be in the fold some time soon, with the club having high hopes for the 20-year old.
An all-Belgian partnership with Vincent Kompany is still possible, as City are expected to remain faithful in their skipper and hope to solve his alarming calf problems. Yaya Toure may still get a chance under Guardiola, despite the mutterings from his agent Dmitri Seluk.
Though that may not be the case for Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala, who could both be flogged out in the summer.
City are planning for the long-term though, with Guardiola tasked with building a squad that is 50% home-grown by 2021 as well as bringing an exciting brand of football that has gone stale under Manuel Pellegrini.
Patrick Vieira, current coach of sister club New York City, is expected to be a huge part of that and is already being eyed as Guardiola’s successor.