Manchester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the summer transfer window, what with their side eyeing reinforcements that can continue their domination of the Premier League next term.
Pep Guardiola’s men won the division at a canter this time round with 100 points from their 38 matches, eventually finishing a record 19 points clear of second place Manchester United. However, having failed to get past the last eight of the Champions League, the Citizens will be seeking improvements to their side for the new season in a bid to finally enjoy some success on the European stage.
And one man who could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium is Ajax’s Matthjis de Ligt, as recent reports suggest that Guardiola is ‘considering’ a move for the young defender as a long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany.
And were the Citizens to indeed seal a deal for the £22.5 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt), it would go some way to transforming the club into genuine Champions League contenders.
Ultimately, their 5-1 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition was the biggest blot on an otherwise outstanding season for City, but with Guardiola seemingly the man the Citizens hierarchy have drafted in to win them the Champions League, they will be hoping for better next time round.
And as is the case with European football, one needs a huge and talented squad to deal with its rigours, and adding another centre back option in de Ligt would go some way to reinforcing those options.
Remember, Guardiola had to utilise Eliaquim Mangala over the autumn such were the injury problems in that department, and with Kompany’s fitness always of concern, de Ligt’s arrival would give the Spaniard another viable alternative in that area of the pitch.
Significantly though, even at the tender age of 18, the Netherlands international has European pedigree under his belt in helping Ajax reach the Europa League final back in 2017.
Interestingly, Otamendi is the only other centre back at City to have reached a European final in his career, having done so with Porto in the Europa League back in 2011, so while de Ligt maybe isn’t as experienced as the other centre back options in terms of amount of games played, he has played in some big European matches in recent years – that can only serve to benefit City.
So not only would the Dutchman be a signing for the future, given he is 18 and very much on his way to becoming an outstanding centre half, but he’d also give Guardiola an option for the present in helping the Spaniard bring the Champions League trophy to the Etihad Stadium in the coming years.
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