Manchester City are still pursuing plans to sign 20-year-old winger, Kingsley Coman, from Bayern Munich this summer, even after the French international joined the Bundesliga champions on a permanent deal from Juventus last week.
Despite playing a bit-part role for Bayern under Carlo Ancelotti this season, the Bavarians decided to trigger their £18 million option to buy, but his immediate future is far from certain.
According to Matt Hughes of The Times, City are hopeful of capitalising on Coman’s strong relationship with Pep Guardiola and Ancelotti’s indifference to him by striking a deal for the skillful winger.
Etihad officials held talks with Coman’s camp last week and were encouraged that a deal is possible, with City given the impression that Bayern signed him permanently to profit and reinvest the funds in their squad.
City are resigned to paying between £40 million and £50 million for Coman, who has won five league titles in a row (PSG x2, Juventus, Bayern Munich x2), despite being just 20 years of age.
It is a large fee but the Parisien is able to play on the left or right wing, and would give Guardiola more strength in depth, allowing him to rely less on Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling. The two City wingers have suffered a drop in form recently, possibly a result of having played so many games, with back-up winger Nolito out of favour and Jesus Navas, who is out of contract in the summer, preferred as a makeshift right-back.
In Guardiola’s final season at the Allianz Arena, Coman scored 6 goals and registered 11 assists in the Bundesliga and Champions League, and the Catalan boss will be confident that talent hasn’t disappeared despite a difficult season under Ancelotti.
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