The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted by the improvement of their defensive unit this season, but recent reports have given them reason to discuss the potential acquisition of a former player.
Pep Guardiola’s first season in English football was tarnished by a multitude of defensive problems which served to restrict Man City’s progress. However, the signing of both Ederson and Kyle Walker has stimulated a dramatic improvement throughout the entirety of the defence, as the likes of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones have banished their demons from the previous campaign and grown into a fine pair of defenders.
City have not been prepared to rest on their laurels this season despite their dominance in English football as the signing of Aymeric Laporte in January firmly illuminated their desire to continuously improve. The Citizens defensive unit is now stacked with talent, but recent reports from Goal might just give them a reason to add yet another quality defender to their squad, namely Jerome Boateng.
Boateng (valued at £40.5 million by Transfermarkt) endured a tough stint at City in the 2010/11 season before he moved to Bayern Munich and grew into one of the world’s best central-defenders. The German international’s meteoric rise has arrived as a huge shock to the City supporters propping up our bar who claim he was devoid of talent during his career at the Etihad, but now they have witnessed the true extent of his talent they are open to the idea of a sensational return this summer.
According to the report from Goal, Boateng has rather philosophically suggested that he wishes to challenge himself away from the Bavarian giants in the future in order to achieve his personal goals. Considering Boateng worked closely alongside Guardiola in the past, he might just be tempted to rejoin his old manager at the Etihad and prove to the footballing world that he possesses the ability to succeed in the Premier League, despite the fact he failed on his first venture into English football.
Quite simply, Boateng is one of, if not the world’s best centre-back, so City’s dream of winning the Champions League next season would certainly be boosted by his return to the club. Jupp Heynckes will naturally be opposed to the idea of selling any of his top players this summer, but City have the financial power to prise Boateng away from the Allianz Arena, and they should use this to their advantage and re-sign a player who would add another layer of solidity to City’s defensive unit.
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