Manchester City supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team win the Carabao Cup courtesy of a routine 3-0 success over Arsenal in the final at Wembley on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men got past West Brom, Wolves, Leicester City, and Bristol City to reach the first cup final of the season, and they recorded their third League Cup success in just five years with a dominant victory over Arsene Wenger’s Gunners at the national stadium. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, and David Silva secured a routine win for the Citizens, in turn completing the first leg of a possible treble this season, with the Premier League and Champions League crowns still up for grabs for the North West outfit.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern so far this week, several of whom are hoping that Sunday’s success can inspire their side onto another three points in the Premier League on Thursday, when they face Wenger’s men again for the second time in five days.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that it will cost them £70 million to lure defender Milan Skriniar away from Italian giants Inter Milan.
And while there’s no doubting the 23-year-old’s ability and indeed his potential, Guardiola simply doesn’t need to add the centre-back to his ranks this summer, as his current options appear set for a long stint in his backline.
Ultimately, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich chief has already spent over £280 million on defensive reinforcements since taking over at the Etihad Stadium back in 2016, which itself begs the question as to whether he actually needs anymore incomings in that department.
But when one looks at those he has brought in, they are all of an age to suggest that they will be part of this City side for many years. Thus, where would Skriniar fit in?
It appears that Guardiola has already got his future centre-back partnership sorted in John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, spending around £100 million on the two such is their ability to play the way the Spaniard wants, and the huge future the 23-year-old duo have in the game.
Significantly though, it doesn’t look like the so-called old guard will be going anywhere anytime soon, with captain Kompany, now 31 and with little over 12 months left on his current deal, producing a man-of-the-match display against Arsenal on Sunday to suggest that he can still perform at the highest level.
Fellow centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, who turned 30 earlier this month, has arguably been their best defender in what has comfortably been his most impressive season to date at City – it’s only Eliaquim Mangala, on loan at Everton, who doesn’t appear to have a future at the Etihad.
Thus, while there is no doubt that 23-year-old Skriniar would bolster their defensive ranks, Guardiola has surely done enough already to reinforce that department and set City up for both the short term, and indeed the long term – £70 million would also be an extortionate sum of money for a centre-back who has only ever played nine times at European level.
As such, the Premier League champions-elect should forget about making a move for the £27 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
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