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£16.2m-rated England international could replace Gundogan at Man City next season

The Manchester City fans have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern ever since their side lifted the Carabao Cup at Wembley last Sunday. 

Pep Guardiola claimed his first trophy in English football last weekend with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over a toothless Arsenal side. The Citizens propping up our bar could hardly contain their delight, and they are hoping that the League Cup merely represents the first of three trophies this season. City have consistently played delightful football this season amongst opposition of varying calibre, but they didn’t have to be at their imperious best to get the better of Arsenal.

In truth, The Gunners hardly tested City on the day, despite the fact their opponents struggled to move in to top gear all afternoon. However, one player stood out in Arsenal colours against the Champions elect, namely Jack Wilshere (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt).

The majority of the Arsenal players were sluggish throughout proceedings and lost their individual battles across the park, but Wilshere was consistently up for the fight and played an instrumental role in keeping the team ticking over in midfield. Ultimately Wilshere’s performance did nothing to influence the outcome of the final, but Guardiola – who has publicly expressed his admiration for the 26-year-old in the past – would certainly have been intrigued by his impact at Wembley.

Wilshere is set to become a free agent in June when his contract at The Emirates expires, and according to reports in The Sun he is some way from signing a new deal with the club. With that to consider, it is likely that Guardiola will be monitoring his situation as Wilshere would represent an ideal candidate to challenge Gundogan for a creative role in midfield.

The German international was slowly eased back into City’s first-team after he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury at the beginning of the season, but in recent weeks he has firmly established himself as a regular starter. Despite City’s immense financial power, there is little by way of competition for places in his position, however, that could all change with the acquisition of Wilshere in the summer. The arrival of the England international would by no means make Gundogan redundant in City’s squad, but his first-team opportunities could be significantly reduced as a consequence.

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