Despite a very rich workforce, Manchester City should be very active in the transfer market this summer. Indeed, the club headed by Pep Guardiola has targeted three priorities to strengthen: Jorginho (Naples), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) and Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).
Despite a title of England champion won with the way, Manchester City will complete this season 2017-2018 with a taste of unfinished. In question, an elimination from the quarterfinals of the Champions League, swept by Liverpool (0-3, 1-2). For his third performance at the head of Citizens, Pep Guardiola intends to remember the past mistakes and make some alterations in his already well-stocked workforce. With three priority targets.
Jorginho, priority in the middle
The first is Jorginho (26 years old). With only Ilkay Gündogan and Fernandinho able to play in a very remote location, the Catalan coach, who will lose Yaya Toure out of contract, believes the midfield Skyblues is too light. To strengthen it, the name of the Italian comes at the top of the list. A track of choice that the English club could buckle without problem if he puts the price. According to the Daily Mail, Naples claims 60 million euros to give up its metronome. A sum that Manchester City has ample means to pay. The player, he would be interested in a departure to the north of England rather than Chelsea, also interested, in a very unfavorable ballot for the next Champions League.
Mahrez always targeted
The second is Riyad Mahrez (27). Despite a bid of 74 million euros last winter, Leicester has retained his winger to the end. But the deal could be different in the offseason. Aware that the Algerian has the lead elsewhere, despite interesting performances in early spring, the Foxes management is ready to let it go. Two conditions: that Manchester City offers a substantial amount, on the one hand, and integrates Patrick Roberts in the deal. Loaned for two and a half years at Celtic Glasgow, the 21-year-old pocket winger is part of Citizens’ bets for the future. But faced with the pressure of a short-term result in C1, Guardiola may well decide to sacrifice in order to recover a seasoned player like Mahrez.
The third is Wilfried Zaha (25 years old). After a completely failed experience at Manchester United, the Ivorian striker was able to revive in his training club, Crystal Palace, where he scored this season. Voted best player in the Premier League in April, the man with 8 goals and 5 assists in the league pleases the Catalan tactician enormously.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Elephant would be very close to commit to the Citizens, who proposed 55 million euros to the London training to enlist. A price that would have convinced the Eagles, especially since they have paid only 4 million euros to repatriate in the summer of 2015. A nice added value in perspective. What do you think of the Manchester City targets for this summer? Feel free to react and discuss in the « Add Comment » space