The Manchester City fans have been singing the praises of the stalwarts of the old guard this season, but they accept that they will be forced to say goodbye to a handful of ageing stars in the not too distant future.
Pep Guardiola has ushered in a new era of City slickers with many of his signings since taking the reigns at The Etihad Stadium in 2016, but he has still relied on the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany to spearhead his side’s mesmerising season so far. The latter has written himself into the City history books in recent years and will forever go down as one of the signings of the Premier League era.
City signed Kompany from Anderlecht for just £7.65 million in 2008, and although he initially slotted into defensive midfield, he rapidly became the first name of the team sheet due to his valiant performances at the heart of their defence. In recent years his importance to the club has diminished due to his torrid struggle with injuries, and with his 32nd birthday rapidly approaching it seems fair to say that the end of his career in Manchester is on the horizon.
The Citizens faithful propping up our bar are hoping that he has at least two seasons left in him, but they accept that his recent injury record will hardly fill the clubs hierarchy with too much confidence. With that being said, it’s likely that Guardiola will be scouting the market to identify an ideal candidate to replace Kompany in the near future.
And according to The Sun, Guardiola is interested in bringing Jerome Boateng (valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt) to City this summer, although he faces competition from Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid for his signature. Boateng left City for Bayern Munich in 2011 after a hugely uninspiring season at the club, but since he moved to Bavaria he has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in world football.
Boateng has all the attributes which are needed to be a successful defender in English football despite the fact he failed to impress on his first stint in the Premier League. The 29-year-old is an astute reader of the game with a commanding physical presence and technical ability to match.
He is a complete defender, so it’s no wonder that Guardiola is eager to work alongside him again in the future. Replacing Kompany represents something of an impossible task, but Boateng is one of the few players who has the potential to ensure that City move into a post-Kompany era without any major hiccups, so he should be the clubs number one priority when their Belgian legend eventually decides to call time on his career.
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