The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been absolutely delighted with their side’s form so far this season, but they are hoping to see their side go a step further in the Champions League during the next campaign.
Following a debut season of trials and tribulations in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola has found a winning formula this season which has enabled his side to dominate the top-flight in a manner which has captured the imagination of the Citizens supporters propping up our bar. The acquisition of Kyle Walker, Ederson, Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy has evidently had a profound impact in the overall quality of City’s performances and results, but the club are not expected to spend as freely this summer.
According to The Manchester Evening News, Pep Guardiola stated his desire to sign “no more” than two new players during the summer window after completing a 4-1 victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium. Guardiola’s comments are hardly surprising considering the level of consistency and resilience his side have displayed throughout the campaign.
At this stage it’s more of a case of where, rather than who Man City will sign during the summer. City’s desire to sign Riyad Mahrez during the January transfer window suggests the club will attempt to sign an attacking wide player during the summer window, whilst their over-reliance on Fernandinho in midfield would imply that a defensive midfielder will arrive at the Etihad.
However, City’s lack of natural options at left-back have provided the club with a nagging issue since Benjamin Mendy suffered a cruciate ligament injury shortly after his arrival from Monaco last summer. The likes of Danilo, Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all filled in for Mendy and ensured that the absence of the social-media sensation – on the pitch at least- has not deterred City’s title bid, but none of the aforementioned players represent a long-term solution to the problem.
With that to consider, City should do everything in their power to land Ryan Sessegnon (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) this summer, especially if Fulham fail to achieve promotion. The 17-year-old wonderkid is a perfect prospect to support Mendy; he is full of potential, a menacing threat in the final-third and naturally suited to Guardiola’s high-press, possession-based philosophy.
The Citizens will have plenty of competition for Sessegnon’s signature following his headline-making 15 goal season with the promotion chasing side, but they have both the prestige and financial power to fend off interest from elsewhere, so they should certainly be targeting his signature when the window re-opens for business this summer.
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