The Manchester City fans have been celebrating in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side were crowned as champions of the Premier League following Manchester United’s home defeat against West Bromwich Albion.
Pep Guardiola’s side missed the opportunity to lift the title with a victory in the Manchester derby two weekends ago, but they didn’t have to wait much longer to mathematically clinch the top prize in English football. Guardiola will obviously be delighted with his side’s effort this season after they claimed a league and Carabao Cup double, but he will be hoping to take his side to another level once again next season.
In order to improve, City’s manager is inevitably going to delve into the transfer market in typical the only way Guardiola knows how and spend big money to secure the signatures of a handful of quality players who wish to move to the Etihad Stadium and, according to reports from The Daily Star, one of those players is Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.
Maguire (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) has rapidly become one of the best central defenders in English football during his time in the Premier League with Hull City and particularly this season since he made the switch to Leicester. The 25-year-old has been in tremendous form for the club and he earned his first England cap last October following a string of fine performances.
The Sheffield United academy product is continuing to grow as a player and he would certainly be well placed to realise the full extent of his potential under Guardiola at Man City, but his arrival at the Etihad is likely to force Tosin Adarabioyo out of the club.
The 20-year-old centre-back has come through City’s academy in the past two seasons and been given a chance to impress in the first-team by Guardiola rather sporadically. So far this season he has only made 4 appearances in all-competitions, including the full 90 minutes in City’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk back in December.
Although there’s no doubt he is a long way from becoming a first-team regular at City just yet, his performances have hinted that he possesses a huge level of potential to develop into an excellent Premier League centre-back, but Maguire’s arrival would ensure that his progress would have to be made elsewhere.
With Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and then Maguire to add to the list of options Guardiola would have to choose from at centre-back, Adarabioyo’s opportunities to break into the first-team would be almost non-existent next season.
Whether Guardiola would be willing to allow Adarabioyo to leave remains to be seen, but if he is successful in his bid to land Maguire he should at least allow City’s young prospect to move on loan to a Premier League or Championship side where he will gain more exposure to first-team football.
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