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Chairman: City transfer plans well advanced.

MANCHESTER City are at an advanced stage of their summer transfer plans according to chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak.

City are in the market for reinforcements to their domestic treblewinning squad. The Champions League will be a key aim for the 2019/20 season, after two consecutive exits at the quarter-final stage to English opposition.

Vincent Kompany is already leaving City, with reports linking Leroy Sane, Nicolas Otamendi, Ilkay Gundogan and Fabian Delph with potential moves away.

The club have made no secret of their desire to find a long-term replacement for Fernandinho in | Brazilian Fernandinho defensive midfield, while they will also be looking to find cover for Kompany in defence.

And Al-Mubarak says the club's planning for this summer began well before the end of the season with manager Pep Guardiola and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain, and good progress is being made.

He told CITYTV: "Advanced. Very advanced. We have a system now. This club now is a mature club.

"We plan early, we execute quickly and I think relatively well.

"There are no surprises, the way we approach every preseason is consistent. We know our requirements early on.

"We start our scouting very early. We start our conversations between the football director, the manager. We start our budgeting project early.

"Before the season is over we know exactly what we need. We've already starting planning and we've already made the necessary approaches."

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Date:May 28, 2019
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