One of the young players to emerge under Pep Guardiola during his spell as Bayern Munich boss was Kingsley Coman, the French talent who signed on an initial two-year €7 million loan from Serie A side Juventus, with an option to purchase him for a further €21 million in 2017.
Coman’s performances in both the Bundesliga and Champions League last season won great praise, and Bayern appeared to have pulled off a coup in getting him at such a good price. However, since Carlo Ancelotti replaced Guardiola, the situation has changed for the 20-year-old France international.
After missing the opening two games of the season through injury, Coman has yet to play 90 minutes for Bayern either in the league or Champions League. Although he still features on match days, he is not as highly regarded by the Italian tactician, and according to Catalan newspaper SPORT, Juventus are now suspicious that the German champions will waive their option to buy Coman.
Enter Manchester City. SPORT speculates that Coman could be part of City’s transfer plans next year if Bayern decide not to purchase the winger. Guardiola knows and trusts the player, and despite having a host of wingers at the club, plus several prospects out on loan and capable of playing on the flanks (including Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno, Patrick Roberts), the possibility of signing Coman for a reasonable price could tempt the City manager.
City are likely to invest heavily again next summer as Pep Guardiola continues to shape his squad. Of the seven players with contracts due to expire in June 2017, it is reported that only Fernandinho has been offered a new deal.