Manchester City are willing to wait until the summer transfer window to strengthen their midfield, amid links to the likes of Ruben Neves and especially Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong, who is widely considered to be Pep Guardiola’s number one target.
According to ESPN, Guardiola is willing to wait until the end of the season to sign De Jong or Neves, despite a heavy reliance on 33-year-old Brazilian veteran Fernandinho in the heart of midfield.
Guardiola is not normally a fan of signing players in January, but did make an exception this year when City broke the club record to sign Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, and made an attempt to sign Alexis Sanchez who eventually landed at neighbours Manchester United.
City are short on options for what is described as the ‘Number 6’ role, with Ilkay Gundogan currently injured. Pep Guardiola believes John Stones, Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are capable of filling in there, but it is not the natural position for any of the three. It is expected to be City’s priority to add to that area in the upcoming transfer windows.