Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City has seen the transfer rumour mill go in to overdrive. The Spanish manager is not officially the boss of the club just yet, but the links to players from his former clubs, previous targets and hot young things from every corner of the globe are in constant motion.
The Guardiola dynasty at Manchester City could well be defined by this summer’s transfer window. The club will want to dampen any rumours pretty sharply to avoid the prices sky-rocketing, they will want to make sure that current players do not get an excuse to force a move and, most of all, allow they’ll want Guardiola to make the decisions without the interference of the nosey British media.
A summer tournament like EURO 2016 inevitably causes a couple of shock transfers, but, if clubs hold out long enough, it can also be a good time for them to have a final glance at a player or two before they make the final predatory move to complete the transfer.
We’ve compiled a list of FIVE City targets for their fans to keep an eye out for…
Boateng won’t exactly have fond memories of Manchester City, after he saw his career stagnate at the Etihad a few years ago.
However, under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, Boateng has become one of the very best centre backs in world football. His pace, tactical nous and eye for a pass make for an exceptional partnership with Mats Hummels and he could yet be eyed by Pep as a potential addition.
One of the golden boys of modern football, Paul Pogba will fetch a pretty price if he leaves Juventus this summer.
Manchester City are likely to be left with a Yaya Toure shaped hole in their midfield as the Ivorian continues his path towards a lucrative retirement and there are few players more suited to the role than Pogba. Playing as the lynchpin of the French midfield, the Juve man might just up his price tag further this summer.
After soo nearly completing a move to Manchester United a few summers back, Thiago was a pivotal midfielder for Guardiola at Bayern. Able to create from a deeper role in to play in a slightly advanced position, Thiago is one of several players competing for the third midfield role in the Spanish side – along side Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
Guardiola always desires a player who can control the tempo of the game and Thiago might just be his man to do that at Manchester City.
One of the most magnificently versatile players in world football, David Alaba is a crucial player for Bayern Munich and Austria.
Capable in a number of roles, Alaba has usually resided at left-back, but is equally capable as a central midfield player or in a more advanced role on the left flank. If Guardiola reverts to his 3-3-3-1, Alaba can also slot in as a left sided centre-half, too.
It hasn’t quite gone to plan for Kroos at Real Madrid. His form has suffered during the 2015/16 season and Luka Modric has comfortably eclipsed him as the first-choice central star.
However, Kroos provides the controlling option that Guardiola craves. Kroos, whether he plays for Germany or not in France, is more adept at playing as a 6 than many others that City have – and will be – linked with.