MANCHESTER CITY TO MAKE SUMMER SIGNINGS
Manchester City have had a successful 2020/21 season and will want to build on the success. Pep Guardiola recently stated: "But year by year the situation is different because some players accept roles and some don't. In those moments, those players have to leave.”
This means that the club could be hinting at a rebuild phase this summer and some big incoming transfers. In the summer, Pep has openly stated that the club has a lot of money to spend with likely no FFP (Financial Fair Play) to keep the club’s finances in line.
Lionel Messi would be the biggest coup for Manchester City this summer. Manchester City are one of the few clubs who can afford Messi and will want to link him up with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola next year.
If they can fight off Paris Saint Germain for his signature, he’ll rip up the Premier League for the next few seasons and become a fan favourite. He’ll bring a lot more eyes to the league which would further strengthen the argument of the Premier League being the best league in the world.
Another attacker who could find himself at the Etihad Stadium next season is Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman. Coman’s found himself out of favour at the German club due to the signing of former City player Leroy Sane. Although Coman wants to stay at Bayern, the club could decide to recoup the £19 million fee they paid Juventus for him back in 2017.
Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico has emerged as a left back target for Manchester City who could sell Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko. Tagliafico has many options with Chelsea and Leicester also interested in his services. Alternatively, Tagliafico could resign at Ajax with a new contract on the table for him.
Manchester City enquired about David Alaba last summer, however, Bayern Munich were unwilling to sell the Austrian. Things are different this summer as Alaba is running down his contract and will sign on a free transfer. He would more than cover the club’s holes at left back and centre back with his versatility allowing him to cover both positions.
Erling Haaland could be an interesting addition to Manchester City’s attack with Sergio Agüero ready to leave at the end of his contract. Haaland has the potential to be the best striker in the world and has been posting unbelievable numbers in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.
Erling’s father Alf-Inge Haaland played for Manchester City between 2000 and 2003 which could sway the Norwegian’s decision as to where he’ll play his football next year. He’ll be more than ready to be the star man in Manchester City’s attack.
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos have attracted interest from all over Europe. The two have been solid in defence with the club slapping a price tag of £60 million on each of their heads. Liverpool are in the running who need more depth at centre back, however, Manchester City could outbid them following their failed bids last summer.