The Manchester City here in the Transfer Tavern are delighted with their team’s performance this season.
It seems like everything is beginning to click for the champions in waiting and Pep Guardiola’s methods are starting to pay off. This league title just seems like a matter of time before it is confirmed now. But Guardiola will not just settle for this – he wants success in all departments. He wants European glory. And to do this, he needs a couple more defensive reinforcements.
Manchester City have been light at centre-half this season, especially when John Stones was out injured. Nicolas Otamendi has been a mainstay at the back but Vincent Kompany has been in and out of the team with injury and Eliaquim Mangala is not Guardiola’s preferred choice.
Fernandinho has, on occasion, played at centre-half too. But Guardiola wants a new centre-back this January and has been targeting West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans.
Evans could be a handy purchase at the right price but Guardiola would be better advised to bring in a top class young centre-back instead and Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax would be the ideal candidate.
The 18-year-old has shown maturity beyond his years to establish himself as a regular for the Dutch Eredivisie giants, both domestically and in Europe. For his age, his defensive ability is outstandingly good. He is just one good coach away from becoming the complete player.
At Manchester City, he can go to the next level and enter the world’s elite. The thrice-capped Netherlands international has tremendous potential and this is definitely someone who Manchester City scouts should be keeping a beady eye on, especially given his former defensive partner Davinson Sanchez’s impressive start at Spurs.