Manchester City suffered a huge blow in the summer transfer window and won’t want to suffer any more. Losing Ilkay Gundogan can be a significant loss. City are used to saying goodbye to legends, but Pep Guardiola has not lost a player like in the case of Gundogan.
While the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany have all fallen into disrepute and time to leave, Gundogan is still playing the best football of his career and has been instrumental in City’s treble. recent season. Mateo Kovacic has been signed but it is not known if he can fill the void left behind.
City did not see the Croatian as a direct replacement for Ilkay and showed that they still wanted another midfielder when they approached Declan Rice but soon gave up because of the price. With Jude Bellingham also having a place, there are not many clear quality choices for Man City to pursue.
Celta Vigo’s exciting star Gabri Veiga has been linked and, although slightly more attack-oriented than Gundogan, the 21-year-old seems to be Guardiola’s preferred type of midfield. If not, it looks like Gundogan’s role will be split between Kovacic, Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez.
Now City need to make sure they don’t lose any other key players, most obviously Bernardo Silva. The player has longed to return to mainland Europe to be closer to home but no suitable offer has yet been made for him. By this summer, Paris Saint-Germain had begun eyeing him, as were Saudi clubs – even though they were far from Lisbon. City will need to discourage these concerns.
Any Guardiola dream team would have Bernardo Silva in it so they need him to stay. But a new winger will have to be signed if he leaves. The same can be said for Riyad Mahrez, who has also been touted.
However, the defense is Man City’s biggest priority at the moment. Aymeric Laporte and Joao Cancelo are both likely to leave after growing increasingly frustrated with not being able to play last season. Guardiola prioritizes three central defenders, so it is not surprising that Man City is looking to add another person to the list, Josko Gvardiol. The Croatian is City’s top target but RB Leipzig want £85m plus additional performance-related payouts. City are not yet ready to meet that valuation despite advanced negotiations, but they remain hopeful.
Man City’s ideal line-up next season:
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Ortega, Carson
Defenders: Stones, Dias, Gvardiol, Ake, Akanji, Walker, Lewis, Gomez
Midfielders: De Bruyne, Rodri, Phillips, Kovacic, Bernardo, Veiga, McAtee, Perrone
Forwards: Haaland, Foden, Alvarez, Grealish, Mahrez, Palmer.
Thanh Vu | 13:46 10/07/2023