Riyad Mahrez could be the only arrival at the Etihad this summer with manager Pep Guardiola content with his Manchester City squad, who won the Premier League title last season with a record 100 points.
The former Barcelona boss had hoped to reinforce his midfield with the addition of Jorginho, but the Brazilian-born Italy international opted to join Chelsea alongside Maurizio Sarri instead.
The Times (via City Watch) reports that after losing out on Jorginho, Manchester City are unlikely to sign an alternative with Fabian Delph set to act as cover for Fernandinho in the defensive midfield position.
However, if Guardiola changes his mind, a bold move for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba would be ideal.
During his tenure as Bayern Munich manager, Guardiola described Alaba as a “God” who played in “almost all 10 positions” for him (via Sport).
Despite playing his best football as a defender, Guardiola has used £45m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Alaba as a midfielder. And under the tutelage of the Spaniard, Alaba has since ascended to the podium of elite footballers.
Being a natural left-back also means bringing in the Austrian would solve any concerns Guardiola has with that position in particular, too.
Delph filled in there for the injured Benjamin Mendy for the majority of last season, but did not put in the most convincing of performances when the Premier League champions went up against strong opposition.
Bayern Munich are not a club that can be bullied into selling a player – especially one as valuable as Alaba – but the 26-year-old is exactly the kind of player that can improve a team like Manchester City.
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