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Manchester City Were Keen On Recruiting This Bundesliga Winger: Should Pep Go Back In For Him?

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In a recent print edition, L’Equipe revealed that Manchester City were keen on recruiting Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman after approaching the player’s family over a potential move to the Etihad Stadium. However, it is believed that the French wide player is now close to penning a new contract with the Bavarian outfit which would make it difficult for Man City to land him.

Coman’s Impressive Season Despite His Recent Struggles With Injury

The 25-year-old has played a sporadic role in Bayern’s first XI during this campaign after missing several key games due to injury. Coman has registered five goals and two assists in 17 matches for his current employers this season across all fronts.

The French sensation has continued to perform at a high level as he is averaging 2.5 shots, 0.6 key passes, 0.7 crosses and 1.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. He has even interchanged possession with conviction, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 83.3% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Go Back In For Coman?

Coman has got electric pace under his belt and can often turn on the afterburners to get to the byline and cause a few problems for the opposition defenders up top. He can find the back of the net regularly when he is playing well on the field and has also got the vision to set up some inviting chances for his teammates in the attacking end of the field.

However, frequent injuries have disrupted Coman’s progress at the Allianz Arena so far this season. Still, there is no denying that the Frenchman is a quality talent who would have added plenty of pace and goals to Pep Guardiola‘s attack.

Coman is good enough to serve as an ideal replacement for Man City winger Raheem Sterling who has struggled to find consistency with his performances at the Etihad Stadium during this campaign. Thus, the Mancunian outfit should consider going back in for the Bayern star this month and make a last-gasp attempt to sign him before he decides to put pen to paper on a new contract at Munich.

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