The Manchester City fans have been feeling downbeat in the Transfer Tavern since their side were dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool on Tuesday evening and, recent reports regarding summer transfers have done nothing to brighten their mood.
Pep Guardiola’s dream of clinching the greatest prize in European football with Man City was firmly put to rest on Tuesday as his side bowed out of the competition following a 5-1 aggregate defeat against Liverpool. The result served to illuminate the extent of City’s defensive shortcomings, as the Reds exposed the likes of Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker on plenty of occasions across the two legs.
There’s no doubt that Guardiola will seek to strengthen his first-team next summer in order to improve on the European stage. According to The Daily Mirror, the former Man United defender Jonny Evans could be set for a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer. The report claims that Evans will be available for a bargain price of just £3 million following West Brom’s relegation and, that he would prefer a transfer to City over Arsenal.
But despite the fact that Evans is both affordable and personally motivated to join the club, Guardiola should instead convince Txiki Begiristain to land Harry Maguire (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) this summer. Maguire established a solid reputation in English football after an impressive season at Hull City prior to their relegation in 2017 and, he deservedly made a switch to Leicester City during the summer window.
The 25-year-old has continued to improve since completing a move to the Foxes, as his impressive performances earned him his first England cap in October last year. The quality of his form will almost certainly lead to his selection for the World Cup this summer and, if he remains consistent during the final weeks of the season, he could be a surprise starter when England kick-off their campaign against Tunisia on the 18th June 2018.
Although Evans is undoubtedly a quality defender with plenty of experience at the top-level, City should look to the future and target Maguire’s based on his potential to improve. Maguire is a commanding physical presence with plenty of technical ability and composure in possession, so he would have no problem adapting to Guardiola’s philosophy at City.
Leicester will certainly be reluctant to sell Maguire in the summer and he certainly won’t come cheap, but considering his rapid rate of improvement this season, City should do everything in their power to sign him this summer.
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