As per ESPN, there has been a development in Manchester City’s transfer plans as both the Sky Blues and Liverpool could now make a move for exciting Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka.
The Lowdown: Guardiola set for busy summer?
After the surprise signing of South American sensation Julian Alvarez, who will spend the rest of 2021/2022 back on loan at River Plate, much has been made of how it could impact City’s search for a world class striker this summer.
However, reliable reporter Sam Lee of The Athletic believes it will not alter sporting director Txiki Begiristain’s plan to target centre-forward options – most notably long-time target Erling Braut Haaland.
As the Sky Blues and manager Pep Guardiola maintain their place at the top of the Premier League without a natural, senior striking option, again utilising the false-nine to devastating effect, City are still tipped to be busy in their pursuit of a new addition in that area.
However, as news emerges on Saka, it appears they could also move for other attacking options.
The Latest: ESPN share Saka transfer update…
As per ESPN and journalist Mark Odgen, both City and Liverpool have been ‘watching the progress’ of Gunners starlet Saka and ‘could make a move’ if his club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
The England international is attracting plenty of interest with his current deal at the Emirates Stadium set to expire in 2023.
The Verdict: Good move?
Saka, one of former City assistant Mikel Arteta’s most pivotal players in north London, could certainly be of use to Guardiola going by his obvious quality and versatility.
The young forward can play in advanced roles out wide, in central midfield, and at left-back (WhoScored) – potentially allowing City to place star man Joao Cancelo back on the right more regularly.
Sky Blues favourite Kyle Walker is currently 31-years-old, with Guardiola arguably needing to start thinking about his long-term future, so signing Saka as a left-back option and allowing Cancelo to replace the Three Lions star in that position could be ideal.
While he may end up costing a greater amount, the fact his deal expires in 18 months could gift Txiki an advantage in summer negotiations if Arsenal do indeed fail to make a top four place.
Guardiola is certainly a fan of Saka, raving about him last year after City’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the English capital, and we believe he would be a fine addition to the Spaniard’s squad.
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