Manchester City are reportedly closing in on securing a deal to sign RSC Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez.
In a recent Twitter post, journalist and transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, had this to say on the matter.
“Excl: Sergio Gómez to Manchester City, here we go! Verbal agreement reached with Anderlecht. Fee will be more than €10m, closer to €15m – to be signed soon.”
Romano then added that Gomez “has good chances to be part of City team – otherwise, he will be loaned out to La Liga side Girona.”
This shows why the Manchester club have been looking to bring Gomez in to strengthen their left-back position, should he end up staying at the Etihad Stadium rather than being loaned out to Girona, as Romano mentioned.
It also makes it safe to say that Pep Guardiola will be over the moon to see a new left-back brought in before the summer transfer window closes.
After spending time in Barcelona’s youth ranks, the Spaniard joined Borussia Dortmund in 2018 before making his move to Belgium last summer.
With 49 appearances to his name across all competitions last season, the 21-year-old ended up scoring seven goals and delivering 15 assists along the way.
In fact, with 34 league appearances under his belt last season, the full-back delivered more crosses (284) than any other player at the Belgian club, as well as racking up the third-highest number of interceptions (53) and the fourth-highest number of successful tackles (32).
This shows just how dangerous he can be up the pitch and how useful he can be without the ball in a defensive sense.
Lauded as a “superb” player by football talent scout, Jacek Kulig, Gomez, who could now be heading to the Etihad for a fee of €15m (£12.6m) according to Romano, certainly has the talent to be a useful member of City’s squad rather than being loaned out.
Moving forward, if the Premier League champions end up sealing a deal for the left-back, they should keep him in the senior squad and see if he can make an impact on the team and be as impressive for them as he was for Anderlecht last season. Irrespective of whether he kicks a ball for City this season, or fans have to wait until next term, Guardiola will be thrilled to further deepen his squad.