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Manchester City Top Transfer Needs and Targets

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Last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City are far from resting on their laurels when it comes to transfer activity.

Their Champions League final defeat against Chelsea led Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak to declare that City will be aggressive during the transfer window and pursue players that can get them over the line when it comes to the Champions League – a trophy that they have desperately wanted to win in the last few seasons.

When it comes to Pep Guardiola’s side, they have one of the most stacked squads in the entire world. Most of City’s bench players would be regular starters at other prominent European clubs.

As a result, there aren’t many issues to be fixed as far as the team is concerned. A few tweaks will definitely be an upgrade for City in the next season. We discuss below:

MANCHESTER CITY TOP TRANSFER NEEDS

Left-Back

Of all the positions in the starting XI, this is one area where Manchester City could use a clear upgrade. Oleksandr Zinchenko has done well despite originally being a midfielder. The Ukrainian is expected to be the starter for next season as well, keeping injury-laden Benjamin Mendy out of the fray.

While City can also rely on Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo, and even Aymeric Laporte to deputise in this role, they can surely use a starting left-back.

Out-and-Out Striker

Sergio Aguero’s departure has left a gaping void in the Manchester City squad, as evident from his stunning numbers. The record goal-scorer for the English champions will now ply his trade for Barcelona.

With Gabriel Jesus under-firing over the last two seasons and Guardiola having to deploy a false-9 in most games, City have now set their sights on ace forward Harry Kane and might go all out for him during the summer. The fact that Kane is also desperate to leave Tottenham might help City’s attempts.

MANCHESTER CITY TOP TRANSFER TARGETS

Harry Kane

Manchester City have been heavily wooing England captain and star striker Harry Kane during this transfer window. Though yet to be confirmed reliably, several outlets have already mentioned a transfer fee of the order of 100 million euros could prove to be enough to steal Kane away from Tottenham.

Stuck in a team without a clear sporting project, Harry Kane has had enough in the northern part of London and is looking to take his skills to greener pastures. Tottenham owner Daniel Levy, though, continues to appease Kane with the promise of bigger ambitions but after several such failed promises, it is unlikely that this will have an effect on last season’s Golden Boot winner.

However, the long contract that he still has with Tottenham Hotspur could make negotiations difficult and Manchester City might have to break the bank for Kane. With his signing, City will not only replace Sergio Aguero with yet another reliable name upfront, but will also cement their case for next season’s Champions League glory. Don’t be surprised if the Harry Kane to Manchester City transfer saga stretches long during the summer.

Jack Grealish

Several English outlets have reported that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has already agreed personal terms on a significant contract at Manchester City. While it does seem logical that Grealish and the current Premier League champions have a verbal agreement in place, approaching Aston Villa could prove to be another ballgame.

Aston Villa did well last season and have a good squad for next season. They also have the money to secure reinforcements during the transfer window, and as a result, are not in a desperate situation to part ways with their captain.

While Grealish would be a fantastic addition, his profile isn’t the most demanding need at the club and therefore, City might have to offload players first before they work out a formula to sign the Aston Villa forward.

Antoine Griezmann

Take this transfer rumour with a pinch of salt. World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann could be on the transfer market this summer as Barcelona hasten to offload his massive wages from the books and raise much needed capital. The Catalans are on the verge of financial disaster and in order to even tie down Lionel Messi to a renewed and significantly lower paycheck, they need to fix their wage issues.

As a result, Griezmann could be on the market given his profile and the fact that even after two seasons, there doesn’t seem a clear position for him to fill in the system. Also, the signings of Aguero and Depay have been more than necessary to fill any void if the Frenchman departs.

Barcelona are unlikely to send him back to Atletico Madrid after the Luis Suarez disaster last summer and Manchester City have been attentive regarding Griezmann. We’re still a long way away from a possible move on the cards.