Manchester City have completed their first significant transfer deal of the summer – spending £60m on Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.
Pep Guardiola was a huge admirer of the Algerian and attempted to bring him to Manchester last January. The Citizens were ultimately priced out of a move at the time and dropped their interest. Guardiola reignited the transfer when the summer window opened and the 2016 PFA Player of the Year finally made the switch official on Tuesday evening.
The Spaniard said he wanted two major signings as City look to retain their title. Mahrez was one, and Napoli’s Jorginho was expected to be the second before Chelsea stole a march at the final hour. The ex-Barcelona must now switch his attention to building for the future and land one of the most promising youngsters in world football – Jann-Fiete Arp.
Valued at £6.75m by Transfermarkt, Arp is considered the hottest prospect emerging through Germany’s youth system. He played 18 league games for Hamburg last season, scoring three goals, but couldn’t prevent his side being relegated. His goal record for the U17 is phenomenal – Arp netted 37 goals in 45 appearances.
His performances have not gone unnoticed, and reports suggest Bayern Munich have agreed on terms with the youngster. The Bavarians are yet to settle a fee with Hamburg for their prized asset meaning the race is not over for signature and City should attempt to bring him to the Premier League.
With Arp and Gabriel Jesus up front, their attack is complete for the next decade.
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