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Man City: Pep Guardiola targets young trio to bolster squad next season - including Crystal Palace defender

The Catalan is looking to strengthen in all outfield areas according to reports, with a recent England call-up amongst the list.

<p>City are monitoring Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell (The Sun) Credit: Getty. </p>

City are monitoring Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell (The Sun) Credit: Getty.

Manchester City are interested in signing three players to bolster their squad next season, according to reports.

The Sky Blues, who currently sit top of the Premier League by one point, could look to tweak their squad this summer with their targets being younger players.

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According to the Sun, Pep Guardiola is ‘monitoring’ Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell as a potential new addition next campaign.

The left-back has recently been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, replacing the injured Reece James, and has missed just eight minutes of league action since May last year.

Raheem Sterling is closed down by Tyrick Mitchell. Credit: Getty.

However, City aren’t the only club interested in the 22-year-old, with the newspaper adding Chelsea and Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are also keen.

The second name on the Sky Blues’ radar is Rafael Leao, as per CalcioMercato, who claim his agent Jorge Mendes has ‘received calls’ from a number of teams interested in the forward.

Leao has scored 11 goals in 33 appearances for AC Milan this season and assisted his teammates on six occasions.

The site adds that despite interest from other clubs, the Portuguese international has given ‘priority’ to Milan technical director Paolo Maldini and could renew his contract in Italy.

Leao has been linked with the Magpies

Elsewhere, Guardiola is interested in bringing Matheus Nunes to the Etihad Stadium this summer, with the club ‘aware’ of the midfielder’s release clause.

According to A BOLA in Portugal, City knows of the 23-year-old’s €40m release clause and could look to activate it at the end of the season.

The interest in Nunes could be due to Fernandinho's future at the Sky Blues still being unknown.

Guardiola is keen on keeping the latter at the club next campaign, but the Brazilian’s contract with the Premier League champions expires at the end of the campaign.