RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka has been linked with a move to Manchester City recently and the 22-year-old could be a superb addition to Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to the Daily Mail, a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all interested in signing the Zambia international, who is enjoying another superb season in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Jesse Marsch’s side have gained a reputation for helping to develop superstars in recent seasons, with Takumi Minamino, Dominik Szoboszlai and Erling Haaland having all earned moves away from Salzburg as a result of their superb performances there.
Daka has enjoyed a superb season with Salzburg so far this campaign, having contributed a superb 20 goals and five assists in just 18 top-flight appearances.
He looks on track to improve on his remarkable returns from last season, when he managed 24 goals and eight assists in 31 Austrian Bundesliga appearances, with the last two seasons, in particular, emphasising why he is so in-demand at the moment.
The 22-year-old’s former coach in Zambia, Dan Kabwe, was full of praise for him last year, saying:
“When I saw Patson Daka, what came into my mind is this guy is the next Thierry Henry – and in no time, he has proved it.”
This is high praise indeed, and if Daka were to join City and have the same impacts as the Frenchman did at Arsenal, then he would surely prove to be a fantastic addition to Guardiola’s side.
Daka’s superb goal record in recent seasons, as well as the fact that he’s valued at just £18 million by Transfermarkt, suggests that he would arguably be a better fit at City than Southampton striker Danny Ings, who has also been linked with a move to the Etihad in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old’s last big move to Liverpool proved to be something of a disaster, as injury problems meant that he would make just 25 appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring four goals.
Daka has the edge over Ings in that he is younger and perhaps wouldn’t cost as large a fee and given time, the Zambian could establish himself as a top Premier League player under Guardiola’s tutelage, so sporting director Txiki Begiristain should forget about Ings and instead focus on bringing the Salzburg man to the Etihad.