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Pep Guardiola should ditch David Silva to reunite with this playmaker at Man City

Pep Guardiola is closing in on achieving a squad our resident Manchester City fans believe is capable of winning the league.

City are arguably just one signing away from being title contenders, with just a left-back needed to add to their ranks.

Having moved on from Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, Benjamin Mendy haas been signed from Monaco – though another full-back is expected to arrive to challenge Frenchman.

City are more than comfortable at the other end of the field, but Guardiola should be considering who to replace David Silva with in the near future.

Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is the natural successor to Silva.

The Spain international, recruited to Bayern Munich by Guardiola has been phenomenal since arriving in 2013.

Silva, who has recently chopped his locks off, has shown signs of falling away.

The 31-year-old by no means endured a poor season, but a return of four goals and seven assists from his 34 games is disappointing for his standards.

Thiago meanwhile is improving every season for Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard operates in a far deeper role than Silva, but is still capable of lining up as an attacking midfielder.

From the centre, the 26-year-old registered six goals and five assists in the Bundesliga.

Barcelona are suggested to be keen on re-signing their former academy graduate.

However, Guardiola’s presence at Manchester City could be enough to persuade the playmaker to make the switch to England.

What do you think? Is it too early to be looking for Silva’s successor? Or does Guardiola need to be ruthless? Let us know in the comments!

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