Kingsley Coman’s loan at Bayern Munich is coming to an end. Despite spending time with one of the world’s biggest clubs, he actually belongs to another of the elite, Juventus.
There is uncertainty over his future. He is a French international and one of the most highly regarded young players in world football, but Coman is in limbo somewhere between the Allianz Arena and Juventus Stadium. Premier League clubs have been suggested as providing him with an escape from such limbo, with Manchester City and Chelsea linked recently. He would be the perfect signing for a young City squad and reflect their change in recent transfer policy.
Manchester City are home to some of the world’s best young players right now. Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and John Stones take the headlines even before we talk about the strength of their academy. City are likely to add to that list this summer too, as they aim to rejuvenate a squad leaning all too heavily on names performing far from their best.
Sterling, Sane, Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne are on the verge of forming the world’s best attack. Some of the football is raw, but swathes of it are breath-taking. The prospect of adding an ever-improving Coman into that mix will have Premier League defenders trembling at the knees.
See brilliant young player, sign him. It makes sense really. One would expect it to be a perfect addition. The implication for City, though, is that it would take a significant sum of money that they desperately need to spend elsewhere. Their defence, deep midfield and goalkeeping situations are poor right now and spending upwards of £40 million on Coman would surely influence their recruitment in other areas.
Additionally, Coman would not be a regular starter. With Sane now having expectedly made the left wing berth his own and Sterling a guarantee on the right, Coman would have to settle for bench appearances and minutes as a rotation option. Perhaps he would be happy to do this – as much of his Bayern career has been in the same vein – but it would not be best for his own development. He is in a tricky situation, however, as few clubs can afford the transfer fee that would be demanded and the ones that can afford it are unlikely to offer him a regular starting role.
At City, Coman would be filling the small boots of Jesus Navas or Nolito. An upgrade on the performances of that duo this season, unquestionably.
His talent is undoubted. Coman would be another piece in a golden attacking jigsaw for Manchester City. If his signature can be secured without influencing the reinforcement of their back line and without forcing Pep Guardiola into unnecessary rotation, he would be one of the best signings of the summer. It is, perhaps, a case of fixing the failings first before they bolster an already glittering attacking line-up.
Coman could be a magnificent addition to a Manchester City squad and give depth on the wings. He is, comparatively, though, a luxury signing and must not be prioritised this summer. His signature may be desirable, but it should not come at the cost of other, more significant signings.