With Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres joining the ranks of world-class talent at the Etihad this week, could the signings of these four players bring Man City Premier League glory once more?
After seeing his side beaten to the Premier League title by Liverpool this season. Pep Guardiola will be wanting to bolster his troops as he aims to regain the crown in the next campaign.
According to Sky Sports, Man City acquired Nathan Ake for a £41m fee whilst their negotiations with Valencia saw Ferran Torres join the Sky Blues for an initial £20.8m earlier in the week.
Yet with City being 18 points wide of the mark in the Premier League, and the transfer window being open until October 5th, it is unlikely that the spending in the blue corner will stop here.
As Pep looks to identify key areas to improve in his already impressive City side, the departure of David Silva will surely be a priority. As well as finding a replacement for such a key figure in the dressing room, City’s defensive backline has come under scrutiny this season. Despite the addition of Ake already, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see at least one other defensive option walk through the doors at the Etihad.
With City not looking scared of splashing the cash this summer, here are four more signings that could help the Blues re-stamp their authority on the Premier League…
Since the departure of Vincent Kompany last year, City’s backline is yet to replace his leadership role at the back. Aymeric Laporte has hugely impressed when on the pitch but his struggles with injury have often left City short at the back.
With the uncertain future of young centre-back Eric Garcia, it seems as though another centre-back signing alongside Nathan Ake may be a priority for City.
Koulibaly has been impressive over the last few years with Napoli. He had been strongly rumoured with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United last year, but with nothing coming to fruition, it now seems as though the blue side of Manchester is the favourite to capture his signature.
With a current estimated market value of £50.4m according to Transfermarkt, the acquisition of the 29-year-old Senegalese defender could be the key to solve Guardiola’s defensive woes.
With David Silva seeing his illustrious Premier League career come to a close, it comes as no surprise that Guardiola will be looking for replacements.
Phil Foden is still being slowly drafted into the first team. Alongside Guardiola preferring to often rotate his starting line up, the acquisition of Aouar could provide vital depth in City’s midfield.
It’s reported by the Daily Mail that City faces fierce opposition in the shape of Arsenal and Juventus for the French playmaker, with his current club Lyon demanding a minimum £54m for his services.
Despite only racking up three goals and assists for Lyon this season, Aouar’s impressive technical ability in the middle of the pitch shapes him out as an ideal fit for Guardiola’s system.
Another potential suitor for Silva’s replacement is struggling 20-year-old Joao Felix. With the Portuguese youngster struggling to adapt to Diego Simeone’s defensive system at Atletico Madrid, perhaps a move to the Etihad could help reignite his hopeful career.
Able to fit in anywhere in the front three. Felix could not only help to replace Silva’s creativity but could also compete with an ageing Sergio Aguero for the number nine spot.
The one stumbling block in this transfer is that Atletico Madrid isn’t likely going to want to sell Felix for much less than the reported £113.4m they acquired him for in July 2019.
Whilst Felix’s unimpressive form rightfully suggests this transfer is a huge risk for Manchester City, his talent on-the-ball is undeniable and whilst only 20-years-old is still likely to improve.
Another option up top for City would be Argentinian striker, Martinez. At the age of just 22, Martinez has already proven his goal-scoring ability, racking up a total of 14 goals in Serie A for Inter Milan this season.
More of a traditional centre-forward than Felix. Martinez would likely step in for fellow compatriot Sergio Aguero in the centre of City’s attacking trio, and with Transfermarkt reporting his current market worth as £57.6m, his transfer would be by far the cheaper option than that of Joao Felix.
However, with City looking for reinforcements in both midfield and the forward positions, it’s entirely possible we could see both players line up together in a sky blue shirt next season.
With City’s previous record of Argentinian strikers in the Premier League, fans will be hopeful Martinez can carry on the trend.
With these four signings could Manchester City regain their Premier League title next season?