The Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City is now in full swing and it certainly looks like he’s not scared to shake things up at the club. We’ve already seen his style of play being imprinted in his first Premier League game against Sunderland as Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy tucked in from full back to become midfielders when the team was in possession. This grabbed some attention but it was the lack of one player that got most of the headlines, Joe Hart.
It seems as though Guardiola doesn’t see Hart as the goalkeeper to help implement his famous possession obsession after Willy Caballero got the nod and now it looks as though Claudio Bravo, from Barcelona, is on his way.
It’ll be another big signing for the club following Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Nolito and Leroy Sane amongst others and it clearly demonstrates that City are very serious about giving Pep all the tools he feels he needs to succeed.
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Gabriel Barbosa or ‘Gabigol’ is the next big thing down in Brazil and so naturally it’s expected he’s going to move to one of Europe’s biggest leagues in the future. City have already signed another starlet from the Brazilian league in Palmeiras’ striker Gabriel Jesus and that may just work in their favour. If it does, they’ll be set for one of the most exciting potential front lines in Europe.
The Aubameyang to City deal looked at one point as a matter of when not if. As it has transpired no such move has taken place but who’s to say City won’t try again for the Dortmund striker. Aubameyang is one of the hottest properties in Europe and if the club manage to combine him with the best striker in the Premier League in Sergio Aguero, it’ll be curtains for everyone else.
Guardiola is a massive fan of the young German and would surely jump at any opportunity to bring him to Manchester if it presented itself. Kimmich knows how to use the ball exactly to Pep’s taste and can play in a number of positions. Eventually he should end up as a central midfielder but has looked equally adept at playing at full-back for both club and country, he’d fit Guardiola’s playing style at City like a glove.
Guardiola let Kroos go from Bayern Munich as part of the deal for Xabi Alonso but that shouldn’t have any bearing now. At the time Alonso was arguably a better passer of the ball but now it must be said Kroos eclipses the Spaniard in this aspect. What also goes in favour of any potential move for the German is that Luka Modric is the main man in Real’s midfield so if Kroos is fed up of being an understudy, City is where he should go.
City are obviously looking to the future with a number of their signings. Leroy Sane, Oleksandr Zinchenko, John Stones and Gabriel Jesus have all been bought with one eye on the years to come and so to carry on in this way, Munir should be targeted. He’s going to be a top class forward if he gets the chance but at Barcelona with their plethora of forwards it might just not happen for him, time for City to act then.