The year 2018 could prove to be one of the most memorable in Manchester City’s history, if they are able to continue in the same vein of form they have boasted for the entirety of the campaign so far.
Chants of blue moon have been ringing out in the tavern on a weekly basis since the beginning of the season back in August, and it’s fair to say that the City fans are absolutely ecstatic with their progress under Guardiola within such a short period of time. Now that the January transfer window is open for business again, City’s phenomenally successful manager will have the opportunity to bring further talent to the club, to give The Citizens every chance of lifting the Champions League for the first time in their history.
If Guardiola is successful in winning Europe’s greatest club competition this season, there is no doubt that his reputation as one of, if not the world’s best, will be cemented worldwide.
The purchase of City’s long-term transfer target Alexis Sanchez – who is currently valued at £62 million by Transfermarkt – will certainly give Guardiola an extra boost in his bid for silverware this season.
And a conclusion to the ongoing saga could be set to take place very shortly according to The Daily Star.
The report claims that City are set to bid £25 million for Sanchez this month, despite the fact that he will be available on a free transfer when he becomes a free agent next summer.
However, Guardiola is clearly not willing to wait until the summer to work with the Chile international once again.
In terms of City’s ambitions of winning the Champions League, the story is certainly an encouraging one, but on an important side-note, his move to the club will also stimulate further improvement from their 21-year-old winger Leroy Sane.
Sane has been in scintillating form for The Citizens this season, with 8 goals and 11 assists to show from his 27 appearances thus far.
The German international has largely been unchallenged for a place on the left-hand side of City’s attacking midfield, but the arrival of Sanchez should force him to step up a gear.
Strong competition for places is a necessary component for instigating improvement throughout the squad, so City should recognise this and bring Sanchez to Manchester this month to catalyse Sane’s development.