Guardiola has already begun working towards his targets, having already secured Bernardo Silva from Monaco for just £43 million. Despite the player having officially joined the club, it does not put an end to City’s attempts to bring yet another playmaker, in the form of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
With several clubs interested in the Chilean, who seems unsettled in his team, the biggest of bids seem to come from Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich. Being Guardiola’s ex-managerial club, he would try his best not to let the opportunity to bring the player to Manchester slip out of his hands.
With several playmakers already present at City, including Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, and now Bernardo Silva, a major region of concern, the defense, needs to be addressed as well. This has not completely been ignored, as Pep is already planning to roll in two more signings in quick succession – Benjamin Mendy from Monaco and Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur, both full-backs.
There are other defenders also linked with a move to the Etihad, especially after the Citizens let go of so many of their older players, including Pablo Zabaleta, who had served the club for 9 years. To replace such a strong figure in the back, names like Leonardo Bonucci and Virgil van Dijk are being considered as serious contenders to fill up the ranks.
A replacement for the defensive midfield position is also on the cards, to replace Fernandinho and the aging Yaya Toure in the center of the pitch. Two particular players who stand out in Pep’s books are understood to be Monaco’s Fabinho and Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.
The Premier League club also needs a new replacement goalkeeper after Willy Caballero’s departure, with a few eyes pointing towards Stoke’s Jack Butland and Portuguese international Ederson.
In order to suffice with the Financial Fair Play rules as well, Manchester City have already let go of a number of players including Willy Caballero, Pablo Zabaleta, Jesús Navas, Gael Clichy, and Bacary Sagna. Moreover, it is understood that Nolito may move to Real Betis after just one season in Manchester.
Fernando and Iheanacho are also looking to leave the club for better playing prospects elsewhere, alongside several loaned out players, including Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Eliaquim Mangala, and Joe Hart.
With Pep Guardiola leaving no stones unturned to transform his team from one with experience to a younger side capable of being molded, it would be interesting to see if the players and the club adjust to his tactical approach as well as he hopes to.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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