The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are encouraged by reports linking their side with a move for Liverpool’s Emre Can.
As Pep Guardiola stamps his mark on the club and drives his side forward into a new era under his leadership, City must wave goodbye to some heroes from their past to make way for the next generation. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, City’s two most consistent and effective central midfield players of recent times, could be on their way out of the club next summer when their contracts expire.
With Ilkay Gundogan and Fabian Delph the only other two recognised central midfielders in the squad, City will be looking for further talent to bolster their strength in this position. Liverpool’s German star Emre Can whose contract also expires next summer is being targeted to replace Fernandinho and Toure according to The Daily Star.
Manchester City rarely shy away from approaching Premier League rivals in pursuit of potential transfers, and their success in turning approaches into transfer in recent years suggests the dynamics of English football are changing.
Liverpool are on the most successful sides in the history of English football, but they have failed to win a domestic league title since 1990. Manchester City on the other hand have a far less decorated history of collecting honours and competing at the highest reaches of the game.
However, the last ten years have resulted in plenty of change at the club. City are now one of, if not the most desirable club to play for in the Premier League, so rumours linking Can to Manchester are unsurprising.
City are a long way from boasting a trophy cabinet as impressive as Liverpool’s, but if they continue to attract quality players from rival clubs such as Can, and improve their squad year on year, then City will surpass the achievements of the Merseyside club in decades to come.
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