With or without any high-profile recruits this summer, Manchester City already boast a star-studded squad that is the envy of their Premier League rivals.
Coasting to a third title in four seasons, Pep Guardiola and his side are 7/10 odds-on favourites with the bookies to make that four in five when they get down to business in 2021/2022.
That’s even before figures responsible for transfers at the Etihad Stadium open up their cheque book.
A whole host of world class players have been linked with City this summer already, while the club are thought to have set aside the required funds to find a fitting replacement for Sergio Aguero.
Of course, the record goalscorer has now departed for La Liga giants Barcelona on a free transfer.
Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland and England captain Harry Kane are among those tipped to be targets, while Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish has also emerged as a potential £100million recruit.
Here is how the City line-up could look next season if Guardiola enjoys a dream transfer window;
Goalkeeper – Ederson
In truth, little needs to be said about this. Ederson is one of the leading goalkeepers in the world and it would be a monumental surprise if City feel as though they need to look elsewhere between the posts this summer.
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Defenders – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aleks Zinchenko
The arrival of Ruben Dias last summer proved to be the catalyst for City winning back the Premier League title from Liverpool – after its one-season stay at Anfield.
Not only did he provide a calmness at centre-back, the Portuguese brought the best out of players around him.
Kyle Walker and John Stones are certain starters next season, with the former having Joao Cancelo for competition, but left-back has been an area of concern.
Names such as Sporting Lisbon teenager Nuno Mendes have been touted for that spot, but for now, with the club prioritising other positions, Aleks Zinchenko will be first choice at the start of next season.
Midfielders – Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne
You would be hard-pressed to find any City fan who would want to replace Ilkay Gundogan or the mercurial Kevin de Bruyne here.
Indeed, the benefits of their prospective search for a new striker is two-fold. One, replacing Aguero is their priority on account of the goals he scored over a decade, while that would in turn allow De Bruyne to return to the engine room, having spent a large part of last term deployed as a ‘false nine’.
The departure of long-serving Fernandinho opens up a space in front of the back-four, meanwhile. If money was no object, West Ham anchor man Declan Rice could be the long term answer, but Rodri would fit the bill for now.
Attack – Phil Foden, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish
Perhaps the biggest compliment you could pay these three is that the majority of England supporters are calling to see them deployed together at Euro 2020 this summer.
As we already know, Phil Foden is one of the hottest properties in world football, while City are currently viewed as favourites to sign his Three Lions teammates Kane and Grealish.
Finances might dictate which one of them becomes a priority target.
However, this is our ‘dream’ scenario and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that, aided by departures, figures responsible for transfers could set their sights on both.
Spare a thought for Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling here, though there is scope for Foden to drop into a deeper role, as he did during the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.