Kinglsey Coman has been linked with a move to Manchester City next summer after doubts surfaced surrounding his future with German club Bayern Munich. According to Spanish media outlet Sport, Pep Guardiola is keen to reestablish his working relationship with the France international.
City could pursue Coman should Bayern not activate their buy-out clause, which has also been noted by the outlet due to his lack of consistent first-team football under Carlo Ancelotti.
The French international doesn’t appear to be part of his parent club Juventus’ plans due to the way he departed the Turin outfit last year to hook up with Guardiola at Bayern Munich. But despite his achievements in his early career, does he really have a place in this Manchester City squad?
Next summer City will have a whole host of young attacking options returning or joining the club as Brazilian superstar Gabriel Jesus comes in from Palmeiras. Colombian winger Marlos Moreno will return from Deportivo La Coruna whilst the highly-rated Patrick Roberts will return from his 18-month spell at Scottish giants Celtic. Added to the influx of returning players, Nolito and Raheem Sterling will also be able to occupy the flanks but the possibility of signing Coman for a reasonable price could tempt Guardiola who could be without Jesus Navas.
Former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has previously said that the on-loan winger is a rare talent and admitted that he had been impressed by how the teenager has adapted to life with the German champions so swiftly during his final season at the club identifying his mental strength.
City have a total of seven first-team players out of contract at the end of the season and it looks likely that only Fernandinho will be offered an extension on his current deal.
The Bavarian giants initially signed Coman two-year €7m loan from Serie A side Juventus, with an option to purchase him for a further €21m in 2017. The Turin club signed Coman on a free transfer from Ligue 1 side PSG in 2015 when he departed after failing to agree a new contract over a dispute regarding playing time.
Like Raheem Sterling, many reports suggested that Coman was a bit flash and hard to handle. He arrived at Juventus with an unfair reputation but after he went to Bayern on loan, and teamed up with Guardiola, he really came into his own.
The parallels between Kingsley Coman and Sterling are obvious – the young Frenchman was a raw individual with good pace and ball skills at PSG and Juventus, but his end product was lacking and has since massively improved.
The Bavarian side don’t seem intent on spending €20m to buy the player outright as he has yet to complete a single 90 minutes so far this season for the club. His current form has caused some concern in Turin that the Bundesliga champions will relinquish their option to buy, but Juventus may well like to cash in on him regardless.
Coman is currently one of the best one-on-one players in Europe along with Raheem Sterling this season, and will only get better. At Bayern Munich, for him to succeed his end product will need to improve, and if so he can become a very important player for the club who are keen to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. At City, nonetheless, he would add strength in depth and also be a major improvement on the average Navas.
Navas is set to depart Manchester City on a free transfer and Coman could replace the Spaniard. However, with the expected return of Patrick Roberts, Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno too, it would mean at least one if not two of those wingers would need to find another club on-loan to accommodate a move for the Frenchman next summer.
In 2015, Coman spoke of his love for the English game and made it common knowledge that he wishes to one day play in England.
“For me it is the most interesting league in the world,” Coman told the Guardian. “But I am thinking of the next three years and I can only see myself at Bayern. My career is just starting so you never know. But England has a league where every player would like to play.”
The Frenchman made no secret of his admiration for both the Premier League and Guardiola, and suggested a move to England could happen in a few years’ time but not many expected Bayern to be so reserved over securing a new deal for the French international.
Coman in the Premier League makes sense for a number of factors, but the evidence is clear that City need to sell should they attempt to persuade Coman to England should Bayern Munich fail to agree a new deal. There are a lot of ifs and buts, however, a deal is likely but definitely depends on Bayern’s desire to keep the Juventus star.