Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has switched his focus to the summer transfer window, and is looking towards some new additions. According to James Robson, the Catalan boss is looking to bring in a ‘top class‘ centre-back, left back, and even a new assistant manager.
Since Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad Stadium last summer, the Blues have been in desperate need for a new centre-back. Harry Maguire was the reported primary target of the summer, however the Englishman instead opted for the red side of Manchester.
City have been linked with Leicester City centre-back Çağlar Söyüncü, as well as Napoli vice-captain Kalidou Koulibaly. Nathan Aké of Bournemouth has also been mentioned, but no concrete offers for any of these players have been made.
The hunt for a reliable left-back goes on, with Benjamin Mendy still struggling for a run of form after a consistent pattern of knee injuries. Again, Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell is the name that is continuously linked with a switch to Manchester.
Guardiola also fears that versatile midfielder Fernandinho could leave the club at the end of this season with the Brazilian turning 35 in May. If he were to leave, City would be losing a player who can adequately fill a number of different positions, including centre-back, where he has filled the hole left by Aymeric Laporte following his knee injury sustained in August.
Former Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta, who recently completed his move to Arsenal, could lead to Pep Guardiola searching for a new number two in the summer.
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