The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly frustrated with their club’s lack of movement in the transfer market so far this summer following months of intense speculation linking them with moves for both Jorginho and Riyad Mahrez.
A fair assessment of Man City’s transfer window so far would detail a frustrating story of all bark and no bite. Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain and the powers that be at Manchester City have been tasked with one of the most difficult tasks a Premier League club have ever faced: emulating the level of performance which saw the Citizens record a staggering 100 points during a single-season.
The club’s classy, well-spoken and forward-thinking chairman, namely Khaldoon Al Mubarak, has publicly emphasised the need to sign two, possibly three players of genuine quality this summer rather than adopting a gung ho scattergun approach to the market which the club have been guilty of utilising in the past.
Cue City’s well-documented interest in Riyad Mahrez – a player who possesses plenty of Premier League experience, a proven track-record, and both individual and collective awards to show for his immense ability.
However, negotiations between Leicester and Man City appear to have hit a stalemate recently as doubts begin to creep in regarding the willingness of the Premier League champions to meet the Foxes huge, but certainly justifiable asking price for one of the most tantalising talents on the continent.
With that in mind, Guardiola should focus his attention elsewhere and instead join the race for a player who should be easier to lure to the Etihad this summer, namely Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid.
According to the Spanish media outlet Marca, Liverpool are interested in prising Vazquez away from the Spanish capital this summer, with both Arsenal and Chelsea also monitoring developments.
The report does not state how much Madrid would demand for his services, but it’s fair to say they would be expecting to make a huge profit on the £900k (as per Transfermarkt) the European champions paid to sign the 27-year-old from Espanyol in 2015.
Although Vazquez’s record of just 4 goals and 8 assists from 33 appearances last season – only 16 of which were starts – is modest in comparison with what Mahrez has been able to boast in recent years, City would undoubtedly be signing a player who fits the Guardiola mould.
A hard working right-sided player by trade, Vazquez is well-suited to adapt to the high-press philosophy which Guardiola swears by and demands from his players to ensure possession is maximised at all times and, with a little extra focus on his finishing ability, there’s no reason why Vazquez cannot contribute at least 15 goals a season in the Premier League.
There’s no doubt that City are crying out for the addition of a new winger this summer and Mahrez appears to be the priority, but if they are unsuccessful in their pursuit of the Algerian ace then Vazquez could represent an ideal alternative to pursue, even if they must go head-to-head with a handful of Premier League rivals for his signature.
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