After Manchester City claimed back-to-back Premier League titles this season, Pep Guardiola’s team is starting to dominate domestically, winning 14 games in a row to clinch the title with an FA Cup final still to play. Despite not beating their 100 league points from last season, they have nonetheless come very close in what was one of the most exciting title races in years. This, in turn, has prompted many fans to wonder what’s next for the club and of course, raised speculation regarding summer transfer plans.
It is worth noting, however, that there are many factors that should be taken into consideration before City fans get carried away. The fact that the City just broke their club record last summer and set a new world record for transfer spending just a year earlier probably means they are unlikely to splurge in the same vein this summer. Furthermore, pending charges by FIFA over the signing of underage players could also prove a thorn in their side. Yet, despite these factors, there could still be quite a bit of movement at City this summer.
The first player linked with a possible departure is the 31-year-old Nicolas Otamendi, who is reportedly looking for first-team football, and could see him return to Valencia. The Argentine centre-back joined City back in 2015 and played a crucial part in their 100-point title-winning campaign last season, but made just a total of 31 competitive appearances this season.
Left-back Benjamin Mendy could also be headed for the exit, as the 24-year old had to endure another season on the sidelines due to persistent injuries. To make matters worse, he incurred the wrath of Pep Guardiola after failing to show up on time for a physio session and then was filmed clubbing during the early hours of the morning. The resulting tension has subsequently put the enigmatic Frenchman’s future in doubt.
While City have a very deep squad that doesn’t stop the speculation surrounding potential signings. City have been linked with the likes of Portuguese wonderkind Joao Felix, whose impressive performances for Benfica have put Europe’s top clubs on alert, and it would take a hefty price tag to get him to move to the Etihad Stadium. Additionally, Felix’s teammate Ronaldo Camara is also reportedly on the club’s summer shopping list. Other prospects include Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé, Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Atletico Madrid’s Rori and Saul Niguez.
Matthis de Ligt
Even Ajax superstar Matthis de Ligt remains in the picture, especially considering Otamendi’s possible exit, the Dutchman’s role in Ajax’s astounding Champions League run could prompt City to make a move. Although Kompany is likely to be given a short-term deal, Eric Garcia and Philippe Sandler are also pushing for a first team chance, but aren’t likely to be ready for a couple of years. They will most be sent out on loan to gain experience.
Of course, it is important that any future signings fit into Guardiola’s style of play, as bwin Premier League Betting describes how City’s playing style involves cutting teams apart by pressing forward at every opportunity. Whilst they have also been content to grind out victories during more intense matches like the recent 1-0 victory over Leicester, their playing style has been responsible for enough wins to put them on track to successfully defend their Premier League title. New arrivals hoping to make their mark at the club should certainly take note.
All in all, City fans could have a lot to look forward to this summer. However, whether these potential signings will come to fruition largely depends on any sanctions handed out by FIFA