Man City spent half of the 2023/2024 season not really impressive. Pep Guardiola’s army lacks certainty and solidity in the defensive system. Besides, the Etihad home team struggled every time Rodri could not put on his shoes on the field.
The winter transfer market has become a good opportunity to help Pep add strength and increase squad depth. In the past, Man City has made a number of notable deals in the Eastern market such as: Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte, Julian Alvarez…
Man City could sign a number of players in January. The following are goals worth considering for the defending Premier League champions.
1. Youssouf Fofana (Monaco)
If Kalvin Phillips leaves, Fofana becomes a potential replacement for Man City. Fofana is a box-to-box midfielder, capable of versatile activities, dropping deep in the midfield and rising high to support the attack.
Fofana left an impression in the French national team at the 2022 World Cup, while also playing a pivotal role in Monaco. According to Goal, Fofana’s transfer fee is about 30 million pounds.
“I can’t say anything. I play alongside top stars. I would be honored to one day play with the big names of the football world,” Fofana said. shall.
2. Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
Palacios is another suggestion worth considering for Man City. This season, the Argentine midfielder left his mark on the Leverkusen shirt. Palacios became an important piece of Xabi Alonso’s team, contributing 2 goals and 3 assists.
Palacios once turned down the opportunity to join Real Madrid, landed at Leverkusen in 2020, honed his talent, and became one of the best players in the Bundesliga.
The 25-year-old midfielder promises to help Pep have more quality elements in the midfield, sharing fire with Rodri. Palacios’s fee is about 40 million pounds.
3. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Pep Guardiola is the person who raised the bar and helped Kimmich open a new page in his career. The Spanish captain signed the German star from RB Leipzig. In the Bayern Munich shirt, Kimmich converted from full-back to central midfielder, becoming a mainstay of the defending Bundesliga champions.
The scenario of Pep and Kimmich reuniting is completely possible. The contract between the German midfielder and the Bavarian Gray Tigers has 18 months remaining. The 28-year-old star promises to help add strength and depth to Man City’s midfield.
4. Claudio Echeverri (River Plate)
Many reputable sources confirm that Man City is very close to the young Argentine star. Experts say Echeverri is Messi 2.0 because of their similar qualities. The 17-year-old star made 5 appearances for River Plate’s first team, shining in the Argentina youth team, including a hat trick against Brazil in the U17 World Cup quarter-finals.
Low center of gravity, dribbling ability, and good tactical vision help Echeverri become a hot name in the eyes of top scouts.
5. Valentin Barco (Boca Juniors)
Valentin Barco is another face from South America on this list. The 19-year-old defender made a strong impression in the Boca Juniors club shirt. Barco left a bold mark on Boca Juniors’ journey to the Copa Libertadores final.
Barco can play inside as a central midfielder when needed. The Argentinian player is Pep Guardiola’s favorite inverted full-back.
Mr. Nguyen | 16:26 January 1, 2024