Pep Guardiola has been given the green light to sign Everton defender John Stones and Schalke winger Leroy Sane, in a double deal that Sky Sports say could rise as high as £100m.
Bild reported last night that Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Sane in a £46m deal, whilst Manchester Evening News also claimed today that John Stones is ready to leave Everton, with City his preferred destination.
Sane starred for Schalke in the Bundesliga last campaign, earning his first call-up to the national side in November before being selected in Germany’s Euro 2016 squad, featuring towards the end of the semi-final defeat to France.
Stones has a lot to prove however following a season plagued with inconsistency and injury. The former Barnsley centre-back probably considered himself fortunate to have a place in the England squad for the same tournament, but did not even appear as the Three Lions crashed out at the last 16 stage to Iceland.
Elsewhere, The Guardian have reported that Joshua Kimmich is another target for the Citizens. It wouldn’t be the first time that Guardiola would be signing the Bayern Munich star either – he captured him for £6m from Red Bull Leipzig in 2015 – but the 21-year-old would cost significantly more this time around.
Guardiola clearly has a lot of patience for Kimmich, inducing him into the Bayern team at just 20 years old last season, and he thrived under the former Barcelona manager’s tutelage.
The Catalan’s on-pitch lecture to Kimmich following a 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund is a fine example of the pair’s intense relationship..
Kimmich is not actually a right-back naturally, but Guardiola has told reporters not to tell him he can’t play at the back. “Don’t ever say he can’t play in defence.. I just love this kid.” he was quoted as saying.
Kimmich’s versatility would be of great benefit for City, with Pablo Zabaleta ageing and Bacary Sagna a weaker player.
The man from Rottweil is a natural midfielder, and if he does not appear at right-back for City next season should he join then he will be the perfect player to dictate the flow of the game from the middle of the park.
However, the minimum Bayern would demand is £25m, and even then it would be surprising to see Carlo Ancelotti part with his prodigy.
Nevertheless, the signing of Stones, Sane and Kimmich would certainly have tails wagging at the Etihad.