The Man City fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a few more superstar signings in the summer. The Citizens, especially under Pep Guardiola, have made a habit of signing some of Europe’s best talents.
The likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and John Stones have come to the Etihad in recent years, and whilst the Citizens have been dominant this season, there is always room for further improvement.
However, one player that doesn’t look likely to move to the Etihad is Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez.
According to the Mirror, Man City are ready to put a halt to any potential summer move, as Pep Guardiola has reportedly gone off the idea of signing him. His reasoning is apparently related to Mahrez’s decision to go on strike at the King Power – with the Algerian frustrated that he couldn’t seal a move to the Premier League leaders over the summer.
This will no doubt come as a huge blow to Mahrez, but it’s no real surprise.
The last thing that Guardiola will want is a disruptive force, and Mahrez going against the wishes of his team will not provide the Spaniard with a very good measure of his attitude. Having quality on the field is one thing, but half the battle for Guardiola is keeping his team happy – and Mahrez could well worsen that situation.
On the field, Mahrez is a talented midfielder and he has impressed for Leicester over the last few seasons, with his fantastic offensive ability proving key for the Foxes.
Things could change, of course, depending on how the Mahrez-Leicester City saga unravels, but at present, Mahrez’s dream move is looking unlikely.
Guardiola is always meticulous with his planning, and so Mahrez’s behaviour will not have gone unnoticed. Whether it’s enough to force him off a move remains to be seen, but he definitely won’t be happy.
Missing out on the signing of an attacker wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for the Citizens, given that there is already a breadth of talent that can plug the gap left behind, temporarily, by Leroy Sane. If someone like Phil Foden impresses in the German’s absence, there could be no need for further depth in the attack.
It will be interesting to see how this one unravels.
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