In today’s Manchester City roundup, we take a look at what news has been making the headlines for Pep Guardiola’s side. David Silva could be set to join David Beckham in the MLS for his new club Inter Miami, City legend Shaun Goater backs Gabriel Jesus to rival Sergio Aguero, and John Stones could be set to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Report: In a report from the Independent, City legend Silva could be set to become the face of new MLS franchise Inter Miami next season, with the report saying he is ‘likely’ to join the club.
Verdict: It has been known for some time now that Silva will be leaving the Etihad at the end of the season after he announced he will leave back in June, shortly after claiming his fourth Premier League title with the club.
Of course, this has attracted much attention, with Manchester United legend David Beckham now reportedly seeking his signature for his new MLS club, which will play it’s inaugural campaign next year. This season, Silva is still continuing to represent himself as one of Europe’s best right now, providing four assists in five league games so far.
Furthermore, he remains a regular for City and having won 12 trophies at the club, Beckham will not just get one of English football’s greats, but also a man who could bring a new level to the MLS.
Report: Citizens legend Shaun Goater, when speaking to City officials, heaped the praise on Gabriel Jesus and backs the Brazilian to rival the league’s current top scorer, Sergio Aguero. Goater said: “I think that Gabriel will have a huge part to play this season.
“I really think we could see him playing a huge part and I think he will really be pushing Sergio this season when it comes to goals.
“Gab handled all that pressure in Brazil. If we put a neutral hat on, what’s more pressure than playing for England? You’d probably say Brazil. So, his confidence is right up there. He has started great and I think he’ll just carry on from there.”
Verdict: Jesus has entered his second full season at the Etihad, having signed from Palmeiras with massive expectation back in 2016. Jesus has had a tough time with injuries and played just 87 times, however the former Palmeiras man has registered an impressive turnover of 37 goals over that period.
Currently, it is hard for him to get into the side, with Aguero in astonishing form and topping the charts for most goals this campaign. However, Jesus is still only 22 and with Aguero now 31, soon the Brazilian will take the spot as City’s main man. So, this is the season where the Brazilian must really kick on and stamp his authority on the team sheet before Guardiola considers other options.
Report: According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, centre-back John Stones is set for contract talks with Manchester City, in a deal which could see the Englishman earn €7M a year and sign until 2024.
Verdict: It is no surprise to see Guardiola want to sign Stones on a long term deal, with club legend Vincent Kompany now gone and the club seeking a man to fill his shoes. Indeed, Stones has been important for City winning back-to-back Premier League titles, averaging a performance rating of 6.87 for the Citizens last campaign.
Guardiola adores defenders who can play out from the back, and Stones has been a favourite in doing that throughout his career. Last season, the 25-year-old made on average 73 passes at a 94.2% success rate , proving to be a very worthy addition to the Guardiola style.