Manchester City will not budge from their summer transfer plans after a week from hell in which they were eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool and lost the Manchester derby.
According to Miguel Delaney of The Independent, there will be no panicking in the corridors of power at the Etihad Stadium, with City still poised to clinch a domestic double, and Pep Guardiola’s priorities remain a defensive midfielder and a wide attacker who can play through the middle.
This is consistent with what we have known since January, when Fred was targeted for the midfield, while Alexis Sanchez and then Riyad Mahrez were approached for the attacking vacancy Pep wants to fill.
City may also yet move for another centre-back despite a heavy outlay in that area, with Guardiola breaking the club record in January for Aymeric Laporte, who has looked promising so far. Any move for a central defender is likely to depend on circumstances and is not a definite priority.
It is reported that there’s a confidence at City that this young group will continue to grow and improve together, and there is no longer any need for many new signings. With an increasingly young squad, the Blues are poised to win the Premier League with comfort, and the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané and Ederson will only get better.
For the midfield area, The Independent claims that Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl is now more likely than Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred to reinforce the ‘6’ role. Guardiola is said to want a ‘passer’ more than a ‘destroyer’ in the position.
Despite constant speculation about his future, City’s all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero is also expected to remain at the club this summer.
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