Pep Guardiola has received ‘guarantees’ that he will have a new central midfielder come the start of next season, while a left-back is also an option for the summer transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano writing for CBS.
In recent weeks, the links to various centre-midfielders have intensified, most notably those relating to Swiss international Denis Zakaria. The 24-year-old has thoroughly impressed in the Bundesliga this season and Pep Guardiola may have the opportunity to see him in action when the Blues face Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League over two legs in the coming weeks.
As for the left-back position, there have been no concrete links as of yet. However, the likes of Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, Lucas Digne and David Alaba have all been linked with a switch in the past couple of months, but no-one as of yet seems the prime candidate.
Romano has stressed that a ‘solid’ left-back also remains an option. One thing that may make that tricky is if Manchester City have trouble offloading the injury prone Benjamin Mendy – who is undoubtedly taking up a huge chunk of the club’s wage budget, given the size of the move that he made from AS Monaco in 2017.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the upcoming summer window is the possibility of a new striker coming to the Etihad Stadium – with a number of high-profile forwards being linked.
Fabrizio Romano highlights that Sergio Aguero’s status at Manchester City is still ‘in the balance‘. Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku is labelled as a ‘difficult‘ target for the club, while Erling Haaland’s situation is labelled as ‘blocked‘ as of today.
These reports will undoubtedly intensify as the months go by and as we approach the summer window, however the excitement that is building around some of the names linked with a Pep Guardiola link-up are grabbing the attention of many.
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