Manchester City have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman recently and the Frenchman could prove to be Pep Guardiola’s next Leroy Sane at the Etihad.
According to French news outlet L’Equipe (via City Xtra), City have joined Liverpool and Chelsea in showing an interest in the France international, although newly-appointed Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann is ‘determined’ to keep him at the Allianz Arena for the 2021/22 campaign.
City were linked with a move for the winger last summer but opted to sign Ferran Torres instead and despite the Spaniard’s impressive debut season with the Citizens, it seems as if a move for Coman this summer could be on the cards.
Although City were able to bring in Torres as a replacement for Leroy Sane after he made the move to Bayern, the former Valencia man does not possess the raw pace that the German did, and also looks to have a future as a striker after impressing there in the final few games of the 2020/21 season.
Guardiola does have the rapid Raheem Sterling available to him on the left but he often prefers to cut inside, whereas Coman could provide an incredibly quick option down either wing, preferring to run to the byline and cross the ball in rather than going for goal himself.
During his time at Bayern, the 25-year-old has contributed 41 goals and 50 assists in 200 appearances, which suggests that he is more of a provider than a natural goalscorer, which suggests that he is a similar style of player to Sane, who excelled during his time at the Etihad.
Coman is certainly a big fan of the Spanish manager, sanging his praises in 2020, saying:
“I would say Guardiola [was my best coach] because he is the one who made me start playing a little more regularly even if I had played a few matches at Juventus.”
“For a player in my position, a winger who likes to hit and provoke, he is the best coach we can have because that is what demands us the most.
“He creates systems to have one-on-one situations and it’s the system where I can flourish the most. He didn’t ask me to have stats. He just wanted me to take, hit and centre. And that was what I appreciated very much.”
The “extraordinary” winger managed six goals and 12 assists in 35 games under Guardiola, which suggests that if City did have the option of bringing Coman in this summer, it would suit both parties. Txiki Begiristain should definitely look to sign him.
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