Manchester City

Forget Emre Can: Pep Guardiola should land £36m-rated midfielder this summer

The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have ran out of superlatives to describe their side this season, but that has not prevented them from discussing how they can improve in the summer. 

With one trophy already in the bag and a second on the horizon, Pep Guardiola’s side have a brilliant opportunity to lift a monumental treble this season. Three trophies in one season would be the stuff of dreams for a set of supporters who have only recently become accustomed to regular success, but such is the nature of City’s dominance that a handful of fans are feeling slightly aggrieved that they are not still competing for four trophies.

Although it seems that City are untouchable at this point in time, there is no doubt that a new season will usher in a new dynamic to the Premier League and give their rivals an opportunity to re-write the wrongs of the current campaign. With that being said, Guardiola simply has to strengthen his squad in the summer to ensure his side continue to improve and refuse to rest on their laurels after a mesmerising season.

According to The Sun, City are interested in signing Emre Can from Liverpool on a free transfer this summer when his contract expires with The Reds, but the inconsistency of his performances in the English top-flight suggests Guardiola would be wise to consider other midfielders to pursue in the summer. City certainly need to bolster their options in central-midfield due to Ilkay Gundogan’s injury history and Fernandinho’s age, and one man that should be firmly on their radar is Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt).

Ramsey’s contract with Arsenal is set to expire in the summer of 2019, so he should be available for a cut price this summer when he enters the final year of his contract. So far this season, the Welshman has managed to score 7 goals and provide 10 assists from his 23 appearances – a brilliant record for a player who is normally expected to operate in a deep midfield role.

His success in this regard underlines his ability to operate in a box-to-box role and positively influence the game at both ends of the pitch. This is something which Guardiola expects of his players, and the fact Ramsey has demonstrated his capability in this regard throughout his career in the Premier League so far suggests he would comfortably slot into City’s team and adapt to the philosophy Guardiola has imprinted at the club.

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