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Manchester City are preparing to spend big again to ensure the club remain among Europe’s elite.

Sportsmail understands the club’s top brass will flex their financial muscle to ensure the squad does not decline, with City trailing Liverpool by nine points as they try to win a third consecutive title. 

City will also target a number of contract re-negotiations over the coming months to ensure Pep Guardiola’s squad remains intact. 

Following their defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, City are looking to re-invest in the playing squad

Following their defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, City are looking to re-invest in the playing squad

Fernadinho and Angelino look forlorn after Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second goal

Fernadinho and Angelino look forlorn after Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool’s second goal 

City will target a new central defender to replace former captain Vincent Kompany, who left at the end of last season, with replacements also needed for David Silva, due to to leave next summer, and Sergio Aguero in the not too distant future. 

Both deals would likely cost City a total of at least £100million.

Former club captain Vincent Kompany departed Man City for Anderlecht in the summer

Former club captain Vincent Kompany departed Man City for Anderlecht in the summer

Guardiola’s future has also been under scrutiny, particularly after his wife Cristina returned to Spain earlier this year. 

But sources insist Guardiola is committed to the remaining 18 months left on his deal.

The FA will take no action over Pep Guardiola’s ‘sarcastic’ comments towards referee Michael Oliver and his assistants following Manchester City’s defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

Guardiola was furious with the match officials for not awarding City two penalties for handball as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to their title rivals.

Afterwards, he shook hands with them and said ‘thank you so much’ but later denied that he was being sarcastic.

The incident evoked memories of Jose Mourinho’s comments about the match officials in 2014 after his Chelsea team were beaten at Aston Villa when he said they were ‘unbelievable’ and ‘fantastic’.

Pep Guardiola's remarks to the officials post-match have not deemed worthy of a FA sanction

Pep Guardiola’s remarks to the officials post-match have not deemed worthy of a FA sanction

The Man City manager was a figure of frustration on the sideline throughout Sunday's contest

The Man City manager was a figure of frustration on the sideline throughout Sunday’s contest 

Mourinho was subsequently fined £10,000 after a disciplinary commission deemed that his sarcastic remarks constituted improper conduct.

However, after studying Guardiola’s comments at Anfield on Sunday the FA have decided that there is no case to answer.

The City boss defended himself, saying: ‘It was not sarcastic, it was “thank you so much”. I say it all the time to my colleagues.’

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