A look at City's possible transfer targets this summer
With Ilkay Gündogan and Nolito already signed up for Pep Guardiola’s new look Man City, the question remains, who else will make their switch to the Etihad this summer?
We’ve analysed the players the papers love to link to the club in order to see which stories have merit, and which are just classic transfer window fabrications.
The midfield maestro spent a year under Guardiola, before making the big-money move to Real Madrid. Despite a successful spell in the Spanish capital he is rumoured to be unhappy at Real, and would like a move away.
Considering the way the German midfielder can dominate possession, and his, passing accuracy, he’s certainly in the mould of players that Pep favours.
Overall, it’s not an outlandish rumour, but City will have to break the bank to get Real on board with the switch.
With Aymeric Laporte signing a new contract at Bilbao, Pep will now have to turn to the 2nd centre back on his summer wish list, the England and Everton starlet, John Stones.
Although far from the finished piece, Stones possesses many of the traits that Guardiola has looked for in previous defenders, and is young enough for the Spanish coach to mould him into his type of player.
For those who like a wager on transfers once in a while, you could do a lot worse than putting a few quid on Stones to make the switch to Manchester, using something like Matchbook’s exchange markets.
The “bad boy” of English football has enjoyed enormous success since moving to Catalonia, winning a treble and a double. He’s also established himself as a key member of the Barcelona forward trio, who many are regarding as one of the best attacking lines in the history of the game.
Despite the fact that Pep’s brother is his agent, it seems unlikely that Suarez would swap Spain for the Premier League, especially considering his acrimonious relationship with the English press.