The Manchester City fans have been celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side were crowned as champions of the Premier League following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.
The Baggies victory confirmed what had represented something of a formality for quite some time on a weekend when City returned to winning ways with an excellent 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Now that the title has been wrapped up, there is very little left for City to play for other than breaking Chelsea’s Premier League record for the most points recorded within a single season.
With that in mind, it’s likely that Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain and the rest of City’s hierarchy will be looking ahead to the summer in the coming weeks to identify a handful of potential players who could enable the club to challenge for the Champions League next season. And according to The Daily Telegraph, City have identified Norwich City’s James Maddison (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) as a player who they would like to bring to the Etihad during the transfer window.
According to the report, City face competition from Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Arsenal, Southampton and Brighton for his signature, but if they are successful in their pursuit it’s likely that his arrival could force Brahim Diaz to take a loan move away from the club this summer. The 18-year-old Spaniard has slowly begun to break into City’s first team this season by making a handful of cameo appearances, but Maddison’s arrival would intensify the competition next season.
Both Maddison and Diaz prefer to operate in attacking midfield, and with the likes of David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne already limiting his number of opportunities, there’s no doubt that Maddison’s arrival would have negative consequences on Diaz’s development.
Diaz has looked menacing with his direct style of dribbling and low centre of gravity when he has been given a rare chance to shine in City’s first-team this season, but without regular opportunities to learn how to improve his decision making on the field of play, his progress is likely to stagnate.
Maddison’s arrival will not immediately end Diaz’s career with the club, but it would suggest that Guardiola is not ready to trust him in the senior squad just yet and, as such, he may be forced to move away from the club on loan this summer in search of regular first-team football.
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