The inevitable confirmation of Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City was confirmed last week and since then talk of what the well-respected manager may bring to the Premier League excited not only City fans but all football fans.
The Spaniard has managed a successful Barcelona side and a successful Bayern Munich side who have both experienced having an exciting and attractive style of football. Manchester City already have great players to excite their fans such as Aguero, Silva, De Bruyne and Yaya Toure, but who will Pep want to bring to Manchester City next season?
Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich
Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Kingsley Coman, who has exceeded expectations at Bayern Munich this season.
The French winger began his football career in the youth system at PSG and then went on to become PSG’s youngest ever player when he made his debut for the French giants while he was still only 16. Coman only had a brief spell in the PSG first team as he made 3 league appearances before clubs all over Europe made a move for the exciting youngster.
Guardiola urged Munich to make a move for Coman in 2014 but he rejected their approach and instead opted to sign for Juventus.
The Frenchman had a mixed spell at Juve as he won the man of the match award on his debut but then struggled to get regular game time before scoring his first goal for his new club in January 2015. The lack of game time led to Coman forcing a loan move away and Pep Guardiola was only happy to have the youngster at Bayern Munich when he signed a 2 year loan deal with the German giants in August 2015.
The two year loan deal means that Bayern have the option of signing the player for 21 million euros in 2017. This deal with Bayern Munich may be an obstacle for Pep if he wants to bring the Frenchman to Manchester City but money talks in modern football and money really isn’t a problem at City.
A big fee may have been put on the Frenchman but he may be worth it as he has already delivered on the big stage this season. Coman has scored on 4 occasions and assisted 6 goals in 19 appearances so far this season. The youngster has an exciting dribbling ability as he makes an average of 3.1 dribbles per game while he is a great passer of the ball as his successful passing rate is an impressive 84.4%.
The only area of his game that needs improving is his finishing ability and defensive contribution but at 19 year of age, this is an exciting start.
Sergio Busquets – Barcelona
Manchester City have been struggling defensively this season, as they have suffered some surprising results this season wherein they’ve conceded 3 or 4 goals in one game.
Fernandino and Fernando haven’t been effective enough in protecting the City defence in their defensive midfield roles and they don’t win enough battles in the centre of the pitch. Pep sees the defensive midfield role as being an important one when it comes to winning back possession and creating counter attack moves so he may look to his past to recruit a reliable defensive midfielder.
As Xabi Alonso is now 34, he may look to be reunited with the ever reliable Sergio Busquets. ESPN reported this week that Busquets is top of Pep’s wishlist and may cost in the region of £35m. There are also rumours that PSG want the Barcelona man so there could be a bidding war for the player in the summer.
This season, Busquets has created 3 assists in 26 appearances. Although, his most impressive attributes are his defensive abilties as makes an average of 2.9 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per game.
The 27 year old’s passing ability is also impressive as he makes an average of 65.5 passes per game and has a successful passing rate of 89.4% this season.
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
Manchester City are once again relying on Sergio Aguero to lead their attack this season as the world class Argentinian is still the main man at the club.
The only downfall for Sergio Aguero is that he is inclined to pick up knocks and injuries every now and then and City seem to never have a convincing back up for Aguero when this happens. Pep has helped Polish star Robert Lewandowski reach a whole new level this season as he has scored 29 times in 25 games so far in this campaign.
The Polish striker’s other statistics really don’t matter when he has an incredible scoring record such as that.
This impressive record by Lewandowski and Guardiola’s imminent arrival at City may have got the Spanish manager thinking, why look for a reliable back up option for Aguero when you could build the most lethal striking partnership in world football?
The Premier League is missing a top class striking partnership at the minute and that void has been there since Suarez left for Barcelona in 2014 leaving Sturridge as the main striker at Liverpool.
The idea of a potential world class striking partnership would not only bring Manchester City to new heights but would also make the Premier League the most exciting league in Europe once again.
Neymar – Barcelona
Bringing Neymar to Manchester City would prove to be the most difficult transfer to pull off out of these four options, as Barcelona see him as being the second most important player at the club after Lionel Messi.
It would take an extraordinary and potentially record breaking bid from Manchester City to get Barcelona’s attention, while they would also need Neymar to make it clear that he wants to move to England to get Barcelona to agree to any deal.
City would have to offer Neymar a huge salary to tempt him away from the Nou Camp but they could offer him the chance to become the main superstar at the club which Barcelona will not be able to do as long as Messi is running the show.
Neymar would be the ultimate coup for Pep and Manchester City as he guarantees plenty of goals and assists for his team – scoring 25 goals and creating 13 assists in 26 appearances this season so far. The Brazilian is also quick, a great dribbler of the ball and has an unlimited amount of skills and tricks up his sleeve.
The only weakness of his game may be that he would take time to get used to the physical side of the Premier League and would have to get used to staying on his feet. Although, this potential transfer has already inspired plenty of speculation as The Mirror reported last week that Brazilian legend Ronaldinho stated that City would back Pep with an astonishing £145m bid for Neymar as he said,
“Neymar has already stated his desire to play for Pep. That was a big statement with most people knowing that Pep would be joining Manchester City in the summer. We know they can pay wages that no other club in Europe has the power to do.”