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Guardiola keen on bringing Lukaku back to Manchester as part of £200m squad overhaul

Pep Guardiola is reportedly keen on bringing Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku back to the Premier League, as Manchester City prepare a £200m squad overhaul.

Despite Man City being well-placed to challenge once again this season after the disappointment of last term, attention has turned to how they can bolster their squad over the summer, with a number of key names potentially leaving the club.

The club have seen club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva depart in recent years, while Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho could also be set to leave as they enter the final six months of their contract.

One player who is seemingly certain to leave is young defender Eric Garcia, the 20-year-old Spain international reportedly agreeing a deal to return to Barcelona, either in the summer or during the current window.

While finding suitable replacements for these players would be the priority, the club are also keen to bring in a new striker, even if Aguero does remain at the club.

According to the Telegraph, former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is being lined up as a potential target.

The report suggests that the Inter Milan striker is one of a handful of forwards that are interesting the City hierarchy, as well as Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Benfica rising star Darwin Nunez.

At present, with Aguero struggling with injury and Gabriel Jesus struggling for form, Guardiola has been forced to deploy a false nine in attack, with Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne filling in in that role in recent games, albeit with success.

This season has seen City well below their usual standards when it comes to finding the back of the net, with a new centre-forward seemingly needed to take them to that next level.

While Lukaku wasn’t exactly a huge hit at Old Trafford, he does have real Premier League pedigree after netting 113 league goals in 252 appearances while playing for West Brom, Everton and United.

The club are also keen to strengthen at left-back with Benjamin Mendy failing to truly nail down a starting-berth, while they also are looking to bring in a new defensive midfielder, particularly if veteran Fernandinho does leave the club.

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