Manchester City supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side crowned Premier League champions on Sunday courtesy of Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom.
Pep Guardiola’s men got the better of Champions League-chasing Tottenham 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday to get back to winning ways after three successive defeats, and thus move them to within a point of the title ahead of United’s clash with the Baggies. Yet a Jay Rodriguez goal 17 minutes from time sealed a shock victory for Darren Moore’s side at Old Trafford on Sunday, with City the biggest beneficiaries as they secured their third Premier League title in the last seven years.
Thus, there have been many jubilant and buoyant Citizens supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are very much looking forward to watching their newly-crowned champions in action against Swansea City on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident City fans to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that their club are interested in reigniting their interest in Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez this summer.
And while the 2016 PFA Players’ Player of the Year would likely be a useful addition to Guardiola’s squad, they should forget about the Algerian star and instead seek to land his £13.5 million-rated Foxes teammate Harry Maguire (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, Guardiola is spoilt for choice in the attacking positions at the Etihad Stadium, what with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane embarking on outstanding seasons this time round, as have the influential duo of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.
Add in the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernando Silva, alongside the striking pair of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, and it looks very difficult for Mahrez, even a player of his calibre, to command regular football at the club, and thus one must question whether he is a player, regardless of how good he is, that they actually need.
Whereas when one looks at the centre-back department, Maguire’s arrival would certainly bolster them.
Nicolas Otamendi has been absolutely brilliant in the heart of Guardiola’s backline this season, but turned 30 back in February and as such isn’t a long-term option, whilst Vincent Kompany has certainly proven his fitness and indeed credentials once again in recent times, but like Otamendi is the wrong side of 30.
Yes, Guardiola has spent big on luring young duo John Stones and Aymeric Laporte to the club since his appointment back in 2016, but the Spaniard has needed all of his centre-back options at times this season, even Eliaquim Mangala before he was loaned out to Everton.
And with questions certainly remaining over Kompany’s long-term suitability, and some doubts over Otamendi’s, a move for Maguire this summer makes sense, not least because he has been excellent for Leicester this season, both defensively and indeed with the ball at his feet.
A centre-back trio of Stones, Laporte, and Maguire would set City up for even greater success under Guardiola in the coming years, and if the Spaniard and City are indeed planning on building a ‘dynasty’ at the Etihad Stadium, forward-thinking signings will be in the offing.
As such, City should forget about a move for Mahrez this summer, and instead focus their efforts on luring his Leicester teammate Maguire to the North West.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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