Manchester City surely remain favourites to lift the Premier League title next season.
Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to the trophy last season, finishing 19 points ahead of rivals Manchester United in second. City became the first side to break 100 points in the Premier League and also lifted the Carabao Cup. The Spaniard is aiming to become the first manager since 2009 to retain the Premier League title.
The former Barcelona boss is still adding to his squad despite the abundance of talent on offer at the Etihad. City moved quickly to secure the services of Riyad Mahrez, who made his debut in pre-season defeat against Borussia Dortmund, to strengthen his forward line. Guardiola also aimed to sign Jorginho who instead moved to Chelsea.
Instead, Guardiola should attempt to reunite with Bayern Munich maestro – Thiago Alcantara. Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard has been linked with an exit after starting just 12 games in the Bundesliga last year. Despite Bayern’s insistence he won’t be sold, the arrival of Leon Goretzka from Schalke threatens his place in the line up even more.
Guardiola is a huge fan of the La Masia graduate and prioritised his signing during his time in Germany. He would slot seamlessly into the system in Manchester and would be an excellent long-term replacement for David Silva in the City midfield. At just 27-years-old, his best years are still to come.
Thiago’s arrival would lessen the creative burden on Kevin De Bruyne’s shoulders and add a world-class option in the engine room. Should the opportunity arise, Guardiola must not turn down the chance to work with Thiago again.
Manchester City fans, thoughts?