Manchester City Set To Make FIVE High Profile Signings Prior To Next Season: Guardiola Genuinely Needs This

Although it is not over until it’s over, Manchester City’s hope of defending the Premier League crown seems to be over already despite yesterday’s victory over Sheffield United. Liverpool are way ahead in the table despite having a game in hand and Pep Guardiola is already aiming significant reinforcements to reclaim the supremacy next term.

According to The Athletic (subscription needed), City are likely to bring in five new names prior to the upcoming campaign. At the same time, they might also offload a couple of high-profile names in Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus.

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While Mendy’s struggle might justify the decision to let go of him, the decision over Jesus’ future indicates how ruthless and desperate the management is to replicate the success of 2017-18 and 2018-19 under the charismatic Spaniard. Leroy Sane, currently ruled out with a knee injury, is rumoured to want to return to his homeland with Bayern Munich and the gaffer, therefore, would require further additions to enhance the depth as well as the quality of the squad.

David Silva has already announced his exit upon completion of the current season whereas Fernandinho, in his mid-thirties, will be a free agent by June 2020. Sergio Aguero, 31, will eventually leave the club in the forthcoming future and the gaffer is already aware of the challenge he is set to face while looking for an alternative.

“He can stay but it depends on his physical condition and his desire. Replacing him will be one of my biggest challenges because he is irreplaceable.”

Areas That Need To Be Strengthened

City re-signed Angelino in summer and even though Oleksandr Zinchenko has been impressive as a left fullback, the exit of Mendy should see Guardiola investing on someone who is experienced as well as high profile.

They have an array of wide options in Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez and therefore, the focus should be on replacing Jesus and Aguero in the long run. An outright ‘number 9’ should be prioritised over an inverted winger irrespective of Sane’s future at the Etihad.

The major concern, however, remains the central defensive slot as they failed to bring in a replacement of Vincent Kompany. The gamble did not pay off for Guardiola when he refraining from signing anyone despite Aymeric Laporte’s long-term injury woe. This issue, therefore, needs to be addressed at the earliest amid John Stones’ ongoing fitness concerns along with Nicolas Otamendi’s disappointing run of form in the heart of the backline.

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