The Lowdown: Man City overhaul…
It’s safe to say sporting director Txiki Begiristain and Etihad Stadium officials have orchestrated a serious summer of change so far, with some high-profile exits and incomings over the last few months.
Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega have arrived at City, with some big players moving the other way in Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fernandinho.
There have also been a flurry of exits for youngsters, either on loan or temporarily, as a major Eastlands overhaul takes place before the start of the new league season this weekend.
City regrettably lost out on the Community Shield to title rivals Liverpool on Saturday, and Guardiola will be looking to make amends, potentially by strengthening in key areas.
The Latest: Minay shares big transfer update…
Taking to Twitter, BBC reporter Minay has shared a big update on City’s transfer plans for the left-back position.
Brighton’s Marc Cucurella has been identified as a top target, but as per the latest reports, Guardiola and co are now looking at options elsewhere.
Minay explained: “Manchester City are now exploring options away from Brighton’s Marc Cucurella. £50m asking price is deemed too high and, although club not fully walking away, they are comfortable in looking elsewhere – in same way they did on Maguire and Sanchez.”
The Verdict: Interesting few weeks…
Cucurella has been seen as ‘perfect‘ for Guardiola and City’s style, but going by Brighton’s firm stance in negotiations, it could be best to assess what other players could strengthen the left-back options at the Etihad.
The Sky Blues have been linked with Benfica star Alejandro Grimaldo recently, a potentially good alternative considering that their sporting director Tiago Pinto has even called him ‘one of the best five left-backs in Europe’.
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