Manchester City have gone on and done business just how it should be done. By doing it early and acquiring all their intended targets. Not only that, like an ideal Pep team, they’ve gone on and released players who don’t quite fit the bill for the philosophy and the brand of football Pep Guardiola intends to play with. Here’s an in-depth analysis of the Transfer market Activity of Pep Guardiola’s proposed new look Manchester City:
Players who’ll probably not be on Pep’s plans this season:
Joe Hart, Claudio Bravo, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Yaya Toure, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas.
With the exception of Yaya Toure(Who has signed a one-year contract with Manchester City), it seems like none of these players are in Pep’s plans and would find themselves close to the exit door sooner rather than later this summer window.
The list tells you how much business City have done already. With Zabaleta joining West Ham United and Nolito close to signing with Sevilla. The Citizens have also confirmed the departures of Sagna, Navas and Caballero as well.
There’s a huge possibility that either Bravo or Hart might end up staying as City might opt not to take such a radical step as to place their complete trust on the newly signed Ederson (more about him later). So don’t be surprised if either one of them ends up staying put at the Etihad Stadium.
It seems like Pep Guardiola desperately wants the more attacking wing backs as opposed to the traditional full backs. It’s apparent that the fullback overhaul at the blue part of Manchester is not an impulsive but a calculated decision as a part of their new look team.
Players who head Manchester City’s shortlist:
Ederson Moraes, Bernardo Silva, Hirving Lozano, Alexis Sanchez, Benjamin Mendy, Ryan Bertrand, Kyle Walker, Alexandre Lacazette, Van Dijk, Chris Willock.
Manchester City have already captured the Brazilian Goalkeeper Ederson for a World Record fee of £34.9M as they look to replace the woeful Claudio Bravo as the first team goalkeeper.
In order to strengthen the shaky Otamendi and Stones pairing and also to step into the huge shoes of perennially injured Club Captain Vincent Kompany, Virgil Van Dijk seems to be all set to sign for the Citizens after Liverpool withdrew their interests under controversial conditions. The fee is reported to be around £60m making him the most expensive defender ever. With Leonardo Bonucci also being a name making rounds, its highly unlikely, however, Bonucci would choose City by turning down a chance to work with his ex-boss, Antonio Conte.
As previously mentioned, the summer overhaul mainly included the offloading of fullbacks. With Manchester City now having released all three of them, they are critically out of depth and are chasing famed Mendy who is coming off a brilliant season with Monaco and also Kyle Walker seems to be a likely addition to the sky blue roster after the reported fallout of the England International with the Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino. With Ryan Bertrand being the second choice left back if they fail to acquire Mendy, things only seem to get better for the ex-Chelsea man who has had a brilliant season with Saints.
Manchester City are not currently in the transfer market for a Central Midfielder. However, they seemed to have addressed the inconsistency problems exhibited by the young and relatively inexperienced wingers in Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane by adding Bernardo Silva, an excellent young and vibrant player to their roster for a reported fee of £43m. With Manchester City reportedly pursuing the wantaway attacker Alexis Sanchez, it seems like such a marquee signing would be a dream come true for all the Manchester City fans.
Verdict: Manchester City have gone on about their business just like the Chelsea team of the 2014-15 season. Getting the best at the earliest. And when Chelsea did it right, they won the Premier League with such a one-sided display which would’ve made SPL seem more competitive. Only time will tell whether City’s signings will click at the Etihad or not. However, it seems like Manchester City have sent out a message of intent to other EPL Clubs. Be scared. Be very scared.