The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted with the progress their club have made so far this season, but they are hoping they will mount a genuine challenge for the Champions League next season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have taken the Premier League by storm this season with a series of devastatingly imperious performances which have been characterised by their ability to slice open their opponents at will. The likes of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva have provided plenty of flair from the flanks, but the club are rather light of options in wide positions despite their enormous riches.
City’s lack of depth provoked an eleventh hour bid for Riyad Mahrez during the January transfer window which proved insufficient to prise the Algerian ace away from Leicester City. If reports in recent months are to be believed, City will return with a fresh offer for Mahrez during the summer transfer window, but recent reports emerging from Italian media outlet Calciomercato suggest the Citizens would be wise to alter their strategy.
According to the report, Napoli’s Dries Mertens has a release clause of just €28 million for clubs outside of Italy, and that fact has aroused interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. However, considering a deal for Mertens at that price would represent an absolute bargain even at 30-years-old, City should join the race for his signature this summer instead of pursuing an extortionate deal for Mahrez.
Mertens has played as a left-winger for the majority of his career, but he has been Napoli’s recognised frontman this season after he enjoyed a prolific spell at the spearhead of their attack for the second-half of the previous campaign. The Belgian international has continued his goal-scoring run of form into the current season by notching 21 goals from 46 appearances in all-competitions.
The fluidity of City’s attacking play combined with Mertens versatility to operate in a number of roles make him an ideal candidate to move to the Etihad Stadium, and with time running out for him to win a league title there’s no doubt he could be persuaded into a transfer.
City have been far too reliant on Sane and Sterling to provide inspiration from out-wide this season, whilst Jesus’ and Aguero’s tendency to get injured suggests they could do with another option up-front, so the signing of Mertens for a measly €28 million should be considered something of a necessity this summer.
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