Ever since Pep Guardiola’s appointment back in February, Manchester City have been bombarded with transfer links to tens (maybe hundreds – we’ve lost count!) of players. The transfer window still hasn’t officially opened yet and it already looks set to be even more hectic than last years. Ilkay Gündoğan has already been confirmed and Aymeric Laporte’s last minute contract extension threw a spanner into City’s plans.
With Pep Guardiola taking charge in just under twelve days, we thought it’d be a good idea to find out what some journalists expect from the rest of the transfer window.
Do you expect another midfielder to be brought in alongside Ilkay Gündoğan?
Miguel Delaney: I’m not sure actually, but at this point I would say no. Maybe more a player that can play in midfield but whose primary position is elsewhere. I think the dropping of interest in Pogba was conspicuous.
Sam Lee: I would be very surprised if not. City are keeping their cards very close to their chest with this one, however. After initially identifying Kroos and Pogba they have now moved on, but they surely can’t have moved on from the central midfield market all together.
I expect them to have something up their sleeve, even if it’s a young player like Bazoer that Guardiola has full trust in to come in and do what’s needed. There’s talk about Yaya Toure possibly staying and while I think he would like to, I can’t really see it. That is one ‘saga’ I’ve tried to stay out of, as there’s so much blister from any number of parties. But even with the rest staying, in my view City need some fresh blood in there.
Martin Blackburn: Yes – I think there’ll be one more. I’m not quite sure who though! I know they’ve backed away from Paul Pogba. Pep was a big fan of Toni Kroos at Bayern and was disappointed he was sold – but I don’t believe Real Madrid will sell him. And I don’t get the feeling Wilshere is high on the list either. There is an interest in Leroy Sane for sure – and this lad Zinchenko will probably arrive – but then spend time either with the 21s or out on loan for a year. There’s a lot of midfielders in that squad at the moment too, don’t forget. Some will be on their way – ie. Yaya and Nasri if the right offers come in. I’m told Fernando is definitely staying though, which might surprise some. Although City’s best performances last season came when the two Ferna’s were in tandem.
Stuart Brennan: If they can find the right man, but they won’t spend for the sake of it. Paul Pogba seems out of the question but if he goes to Barcelona or Real Madrid, City will be interested in who he displaces, hence the talk about Busquets, Isco and Kroos.