Manchester City are top of the Premier League heading into the international break after a goalless draw at Anfield against Liverpool.
The Citizens had a glorious chance to extend their lead at the top of the table, but Riyad Mahrez blasted his penalty well over the crossbar. The Algerian was the only major signing that Pep Guardiola made during the summer transfer window and has made a decent start to life with the Citizens. But with Chelsea and Liverpool keeping pace at the moment, Guardiola may be tempted into the market in January.
One man the Spaniard should be monitoring is Ajax wonderkid – Matthijs de Ligt. Valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, the Dutchman has reportedly attracted interest from City’s rivals – Manchester United. The Red Devils wanted to sign a central defender in the summer but failed to sign a number of targets leaving Jose Mourinho extremely disappointed.
Reports suggest de Ligt has emerged as a target, but a move has been plunged into doubt due to Mino Raiola. The super-agent represents the youngster and Paul Pogba – he is unwilling to allow his prized asset to fall into the hands of Mourinho given Pogba’s treatment at Old Trafford. Therefore, Guardiola should make his move and bring de Ligt to the Etihad Stadium.
The 19-year-old has made seven appearances in the Eredivisie and would slot seamlessly into the ex-Barcelona manager’s system. De Ligt has completed 91.5% of his passes this season meaning he would have no issues in his possession-based philosophy. The Dutchman loves spraying balls from the back, averaging 2.9 long balls per game (WhoScored).
City have the funds to pull this huge deal off and could deal their rivals a significant blow in the New Year.
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