Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are continuing to celebrate their Premier League title win with the Citizens having lift the famous trophy following their game against Huddersfield last weekend.
City ran away with the league title following a sensational season and also lifted the Carabao Cup back in February. Despite their domestic success, the Citizens failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League following a 5-1 aggregate defeat to finalists Liverpool. Their squad strength is evident, but they aren’t the finished product just yet.
Pep Guardiola believes one or two more signings are needed if City are to retain their title and challenge on the European stage next season. The Spaniard is interested in a new holding midfielder as well as another quality option out wide. The ex-Barcelona boss moved for Riyad Mahrez in January, but Leicester’s mammoth price tag quickly cooled talk of a move.
Instead of rekindling their interest in the Algerian, City should instead beat their Premier League rivals to the signing of Bordeaux winger – Malcom. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a stellar campaign during his breakthrough season in Ligue 1. The winger has netted nine goals and notched six assists which has seen his market value skyrocket to £40.5m according to Transfermarkt.
Malcom can play on either wing or through the middle making him a useful option if Guardiola is looking to rotate his attackers next season. Despite the form of both Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, the Brazilian has averaged more key passes, successful take ons and chances created per game than both according to Squawka.
Guardiola has a reputation for developing young wingers into world-class superstars – Malcom should be next.
Manchester City fans, would you rather see Malcom or Mahrez at the Etihad? Let us know!