Manchester City

Man City will retain PL title next season if they steal Man Utd’s £28.2m-rated summer target

The Manchester City fans have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week since their side took another huge step towards clinching the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in imperious mood once again on Monday night as they comfortably saw off the challenge of a resolute Stoke side in Staffordshire. The result has pushed City within touching distance of the Premier League title, and barring the greatest collapse in footballing history, they will certainly be lifting the trophy in the very near future.

City’s dominance has been compelling, entertaining, and to an extent, unexpected, but now that they have demonstrated the full extent of their quality this season, the rest of the division will be attempting to find ways to narrow the gulf in class this summer. The most obvious way in which to go about insinuating an improvement is by bringing quality players to the club, and according to The Sun, their local-rivals Manchester United are hoping to do just that by signing Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Willian (valued at £28.2 million by Transfermarkt) during the summer window.

Willian has been in sensational form for Chelsea in recent weeks, so it’s no surprise that his former manager is interested in linking up with him again next season. His ability to drop his shoulder and glide past opponents is a frightening weapon which he has used to great effect on plenty of occasions this season, but it’s his all-round ability to positively influence the game at both ends of the pitch which is particularly impressive.

The 29-year-old can often be seen taking on an opponent in the attacking third of the pitch before retrieving the ball in his defensive third just moments later. His willingness to work hard for the team and track back is clearly a quality which Mourinho likes about Willian, but that is also a quality which Pep Guardiola values very highly.

Guardiola’s high-press philosophy is clearly a demanding one for his midfielders, but the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling consistently prove that they are up to the task. Recovering possession as quickly as possible is a pivotal component of Guardiola’s tactical approach, and its one which Willian would be able to slot into with confidence.

With that being said, Guardiola should certainly consider bringing him to The Etihad Stadium next season despite interest from Manchester United. The Citizens have decent options in wide positions, but an injury or two could leave them short over the course of the season, so the acquistion of Willian could ultimately prove to be the difference between a 1st and 2nd place finish next season.

The Premier League will be out for revenge next season after City’s dominance during the current campaign, so Guardiola will need to invest in the transfer market once again this summer, and if he can beat United to Willian’s signature they should have no problem in securing back-to-back Premier League title for the first time in their history.

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