Manchester City were unsuccessful in their efforts to sign a new centre-midfielder in the summer.
Pep Guardiola had identified Napoli’s Jorginho as the perfect option to add to the engine room, but the Italian joined Chelsea at the final hour after Maurizio Sarri was announced as their new manager. The Spaniard was unable to make another significant signing before the window slammed shut. The £60m capture of Riyad Mahrez was his only major deal.
The ex-Barcelona boss was also dealt a cruel injury blow this week with Kevin de Bruyne sustaining an injury in training. The Belgian was pictured on crutches during the premiere of Amazon’s documentary featuring the Citizens. BBC Sports report De Bruyne suffered a lateral cruciate ligament injury and will be sidelined for three months leaving Guardiola light on options in midfield.
To bolster his ranks, Guardiola should attempt to sign Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, when the transfer window reopens in January. Valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt, the Welshman is yet to pen an extension on his deal that expires in the summer of 2019. Ramsey could be set to follow the likes of Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri in swapping North London for Manchester.
The 27-year-old was a shining light in a poor season for the Gunners last season, bagging seven goals and notching eight assists in just 24 Premier League appearances. Ramsey also hit four goals in six Europa League appearances with Arsenal reaching the semi-final before losing to Atletico Madrid. Under Guardiola’s tutelage, Ramsey could become a world-class midfielder.
Poaching the Wales international from Arsenal would give Guardiola another quality option in the centre of midfield and a long-term replacement for David Silva. It would also significantly weaken a Premier League rival with Ramsey emerging as a crucial player at the Emirates in recent seasons.
The prospect of playing under Guardiola and winning trophies will be difficult to reject – City should make Ramsey their number one target in January.
Manchester City fans, thoughts?