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Man City’s loan, buy & sell list this transfer window – Agree?

What would be the perfect summer transfer window for the Champions of England Manchester City. The Football Manc Cave takes a look.

It is arguable that the Manchester City squad is close to perfection in the vision of the esteemed manager Pep Guardiola. After a sweep of domestic success last season, Manchester City is only a Champions League away from being considered one of the world’s greatest football teams in modern football.

Today, The Football Manc Cave will provide options for a ‘loan’, a ‘buy’ and a ‘sell’. For what can improve the Man City squad next season and see them lift the mouth-watering Champions League trophy.


Manchester City has a squad full of talent, experience and quality. This can prevent the development of the youth within Guardiola’s ranks. Talks of Phillippe Sandler being loaned to Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht are currently in progress, which is a smart move for the blues.

Other players such as Zinchenko and Claudio Gomes should be loaned out to lower-table Premier League or Championship level teams. Who can provide them with a full season of English football. Making them better, stronger and more equipped to handle the pressures of the competition upon their return.


It’s hard to tell a team of champions that some of their players don’t cut the bill. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean the individuals don’t have the talent to perform at the top level. Leroy Sane, for example, is a fantastic young winger who could potentially clinch a spot in any team in world football. However, he has spent most of his time on the bench under Guardiola, and the 23-year-old is at an important point in his career where he needs first team football.


Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala are two centre-backs that have gone unnoticed in the Man City squad, due to falling behind Laporte and Stones in the rankings, and both should be sold. John Stones’ dubious performances for England in the Nations League could demonstrate a lack of confidence in important matches. Bringing in a top quality centre-back to push his performances could be key to his development next season, as he currently faces little to no competitions for his centre-back spot.

With the status of Manchester City, they should rightfully be joining the races for the world’s greatest defenders such as Van Dijk for Liverpool, De Ligt rumoured for Juventus, Maguire rumoured for Manchester United. Guardiola should be looking for the likes of Manolas, Skriniar, Sergio Ramos, Koulibaly etc.

Man City promising youths looking to hook up with former teammate

Man City youth star Philippe Sandler is looking to join his former teammate Vincent Kompany at his new club Anderlecht.

Vincent Kompany left Manchester City as a champion of England this summer. The Football Manc Cave now understand that the Dutchman’s influence at Anderlecht, as lead to conversations of a loan deal with one of the blue’s promising youth.

Philippe Sandler is a Dutch centre-back, much like Kompany. Who is yet to break through at Man City after joining from PEC Zwolle for around £2million in summer 2018.

By spending a year alongside his former teammate and the new player-manager at Anderlecht. Kompany can pass on his buckets of knowledge and experience to the 22-year-old. Making him ready to challenge for Kompany’s vacant centre-back role upon his return.

Future planning

Over recent years, since the influence of the Middle-Eastern billionaires, Manchester City has carefully allocated their staff and budget which has helped them build the foundations of a world-conquering squad.

Making moves such as sending their youth on loan to work alongside old teammates is the type of intricate planning for the future which demonstrates the professionalism and positive projections of the club. Manchester United’s Ed Woodward should be taking notes.

Man City will be desperate to emulate the services provided by Kompany during his eleven-year spell with the club. The 33-year-old defender lived through the transitional period of the Manchester club, and will fully understand the culture and demands of being a part of it. Meaning we could see Sandler return to the side as a fully fledged defender ready to prove himself in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old Sandler currently has 76 career appearances under his belt, but we could see that figure soar beyond 100 after a season in the Netherlands. Upon his return, we could see him slowly integrated into the first team squad as we have seen with the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

This is Man City’s best Premier League 5 a-side team – Agree?

The current champions Man City, have had a vast quality of players over recent years, and the Football Manc Cave have narrowed it down to this 5 aside team.

Since the astronomical financial takeover in 2008, Manchester City has carefully allocated their abundance of cash over the last ten years. Their dusty old trophy cabinet has begun to see some serious action over recent seasons.

Should Manchester City win the Premier League title for the fifth time in the 19/20 campaign, they will match their neighbour’s record. As Manchester United are currently the only side to have won the Premier League three times in a row.

Despite many Manchester City fans still having a lot of love for their old-school squads. It is fair to say that the quality players that they have ever seen in the sky blue strip, have been recent acquisitions since their trillionaire owner stepped in.

Well over twenty players over the past ten years for Manchester City could have likely stepped into any other club at the time. Except for the elites-only 5 aside Man City team, you can see below…


In a 5 aside squad, having a ball playing goalkeeper is essential, and Ederson’s distribution abilities could provide arguments to play the Brazilian in midfield. However, his stop stopping abilities and reflexes make him one of the best goalkeepers in modern football.


Vincent Kompany is potentially the greatest servant the club has ever had, he grew with the club and has won several trophies with them. His determination to stop the ball from going anywhere near the net makes him a goalkeeper’s best friend. And let’s not forget that goal against Leicester City last season.


Yaya Toure was the midfield beast that will go down as an all-time fan favourite at Man City, His stature and vision provide both defensive and attacking qualities which are still irreplaceable.

David Silva is going into his tenth season with the club, his precision and vision are potentially second to none in world football. His ability to pick out passes, and knowing exactly where his teammates are heading have been crucial to the slick and professional manner in which City play attacking football.


Aguero needs no introduction or conclusion. He is possibly one of the greatest strikers English football has ever seen.

‘Sooner rather than later’ What does Guardiola have to achieve at Man City before returning back to Barcelona

Guardiola has put City on alert after revealing he may return to Barcelona.

There have been quite a few rumours in the football world about Pep and his possible moves. From how stressed he is, to the fact that he’s stayed at City longer than any club. Now the blues fans do have something to worry about.

He spoke at the presentation of the Cruyff Court near Barcelona this week and said, “I’m trying to be a good coach, that hasn’t gone too badly in this decade. I will return to Barcelona to live sooner or later.”

The manager does still have two years remaining on his current contract and after leading the Manchester side to a historic domestic treble last season, it’s no surprise that fans of the club have been unsettled by any rumours of their current leader leaving. He did begin his career at Barcelona’s B team before he was promoted to their senior team.

As he enters his fourth year with City, what should he try to achieve in Manchester first?

Champions League

Most have heard by now, UEFA has threatened to boot City out of the Champions League for ‘Financial Fair Play Breaches.’ Although they have already launched an appeal to the court of sport in a bid to have any suspension overturned, this will hit City harder than they think of they do get banned. For example, players sign for teams that are in the European competition because it’s a big appeal, it will drive players away and possibly Pep himself. So, with this in mind, Pep should prepare his men mentally for both outcomes. If they can play in the competition, they should aim to win it before their manager departs, if they can’t, he should prepare them for another title win.


Before Guardiola does depart, he should help the club find good investments in either youth or new players that can replace legends, David Silva and Vincent Kompany. The ex-captain has left to manage Anderlecht and Silva has confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. I have no doubt that the 48-year-old will be able to find suitable replacements.

Revolving door: Man City’s 2 in, 2 out before the window shuts

After winning so much last season, who can Pep Guardiola sign and get rid of before the end of the summer transfer window?

It was a brilliant campaign throughout all competitions for City but it has come at a slight cost as City’s leader, Vincent Kompany has left the club and now gone on to manage Anderlecht. As well as Kompany leaving, the blues legend, David Silva has also confirmed to be leaving at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

With this in mind, which two players would benefit from leaving the club over the summer, and which two would benefit from signing a contract with the club?


Harry Maguire:

He’s been a hot topic over the transfer window as he has gained interest from a few clubs. It can be said that his recent England performances have taken a slight downfall, however, City may still be interested in having him join the club.

They need a replacement for Kompany and the 26-year-old centre back could be the right man. It would also be a good fit for him as he has stated in the past that he wants to compete in Champions League football. Which is why the defender was put off by Manchester United’s advances.

Joao Cancelo

Pep Guardiola wants to freshen his squad so why not being in the Portuguese star? City has already named him as an option previously. However, I think they should take it more seriously as the 25-year-old has had a good run for Juventus and for his national team. The Manchester team can only develop him even further and give him a chance in the highest English league.


Fabian Delph

The 29 year old is a good player but since 2015 when he signed for City, he’s only had 57 appearances and it could be a good time for him to try his luck elsewhere. Man City have already said that they would be open to offers for him. I think he may be more useful at another club if he goes somewhere that has regular starts for him.

Phil Foden

Don’t judge so quick. I think he is a brilliant footballer, especially as he is only 19. I don’t think he should leave City permanently. I was thinking more along the lines of a loan.

Maybe Pep can loan him out to a club either here or abroad for the start of the 2019 season, monitor how he does and then bring him back and he can permanently replace David Silva. The midfielder has only had 18 appearances since 2017 for City’s first team although he has had a lot of England youth games.

He’s a product of Manchester City’s youth and this is why I don’t think he should leave. For his age, he is at one of the best clubs around, I just think he might benefit from some experience somewhere else before having big responsibilities in the first team.

Which Man City youngsters would benefit from a move to Kompany’s Anderlecht

With Man City legend, Vincent Kompany taking over manager position at Anderlecht, could he take some Manchester talent with him? 

When Kompany moved into his new role, he took the head of academy coach, Simon Davies with him. On the 17th of June, he held his first press conference with the club and stated, “we’ll try to sign some additions, not always as easy as it sounds but there’s a way we want to do that and it will happen in time.” 

It’s safe to say that Kompany isn’t just a legend to fans but he is a player that I can imagine has made a huge impact on other City players, especially the younger generation. With this being said, I’ve looked at two players that could benefit from following him to Belgium.

Matty Smith

The Welsh midfielder is a product of West Brom’s youth and now at 19, he is signed to Man City. He was loaned to the Dutch side, FC Twente last year and managed 2 goals in 34 appearances. Not too bad for a defensive midfielder.

He could strike a deal with Anderlecht and with the right coaching, development and eventually being in the starting line up, he could gain more experience. It won’t only be good for the youngster but also for City, if they only loan him, he could come back strong. 

Arijanet Muric

There’s a lot of City’s youth that could benefit from a move, getting more games and proving themselves but the 20-year-old keeper hasn’t had a proper chance yet at the blues. He signed a 3-year deal in 2017 at City although, in 2018, he joined NAC Breda on a season-long deal.

Muric made his debut in August when he kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win, however, that was the only appearance he got to make after City needed him back to replace injured Claudio Bravo. When City played Oxford in the EFL Cup, Muric got his first start for the team, only now, I think he will be hungry for a chance somewhere else. Maybe he would benefit from a move. 

Man City Is The Perfect Move For Derby County’s Liam Delap – Agree?

The news of a possible move for Liam Delap had broken yesterday and that move could be to Manchester. 

The 16-year-old striker has supposedly impressed City as he has been a key part of Derby’s under 18’s title win. He has also been named as an “England youth sensation.” Delap already has a really successful set of stats behind him for a teenager, he managed to get the golden boot in Turkey at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament, he scored in Derby’s under 18’s 6-0 win against Wolves and his dad is the former Rams player and coach, Rory Delap.

It’s no wonder that Delap has been looked at by the Premier League champions but if the youngster did move to City, he would start in their development squad and Derby would also be due some compensation as part of the FIFA solidarity payments scheme. 

I think City are one of the most tactical and sensible teams when it comes to signings. Looking at the young talent and investing in players early, is pleasing to see as a player comes through the youth teams and eventually ends up training with the first team. It’s not as daunting for a player to just throw them in at the deep end with a new club. If the blues do sign the youngster and it doesn’t work out in the long run, even having him on the team should value him at a large amount if it should come to letting him go. 

Like any team during this transfer window, every club is keeping their options open, and looking for new signings before the start of the season. However, Pep Guardiola also has the departure of Vincent Kompany on his hands and now talks of David Silva also on his way out of the club.

Now is a perfect time to start building their youth team so they can replace their legends. City would be a great move for the 16-year-old because it seems like when a player joins the club and is successful, they seem to spend a long time there. Silva and Kompany are both celebrating 10 years with the Manchester side, and I hope to see more youth players end up being title winners with the club. 

Have Man Utd Lost Their X Factor To Man City in The Transfer Market?

Growing up as a football fan, Manchester United were always at the top of their game and the team that seemed to win everything, get every player they wanted and be the club that everyone wanted to play for.

Fast forward to 2019 and after a disappointing 6th place finish in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now finding it difficult to strengthen his squad.

The Red Devil’s missed out on a Champions League spot and this is one reason why some players don’t want to sign for the club. Harry Maguire is one player that United have been interested in. When Jose Mourinho was in charge, he showed some interest in the 26-year-old but was told by United that he wasn’t deemed “value for money.” Leicester have said that they would be looking for around £85 million for their defender.

However United doesn’t seem to be the best option for Maguire as he has previously said that he would like to play in the Champions League and with the Red Devils not qualifying, this may give him a reason to look at Man City instead. With Vincent Kompany moving on from the blues, City are in search for a replacement. Not only would Maguire fit that part, it would give him the chance to play in the competitions he wants and be part of a successful City side. Given the option now, who wouldn’t want to play for Man City?

United have also been rumoured to be interested in James Maddison. The 22-year-old is valued at around £60 million but, he has also had a look in from Liverpool and again, Manchester City. Again, if the midfielder was to move, he would also want more from a club in terms of the competitions they can offer. It looks as though Maddison wants to stay put at Leicester.

Then there’s more transfer talk for United but not with players coming in, with Solskjaer giving up hope. He supposedly had hopes of signing Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice but he is “reluctantly accepting” that the two are out of his grasp. West Ham star, Rice, has become a Premier League favourite but, he only signed a new deal in December suggesting that he isn’t ready to move on. The Red Devil’s were watching 19-year-old Sancho but the Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund, are reluctant to sell the youngster.

With all being said, is it clear that City are now the team that kids are looking up to, and the next generation aims to play for.

Man City Looking To Further Strengthen Their Defence

With club captain, Vincent Kompany, taking the player-manager role on at Anderlecht, City are on the lookout for a replacement.

It has also been reported that Atlético Madrid are looking into Nicolas Otamendi, which would mean another defender would need to be recruited by the blues.

Pep Guardiola has spent big in the past in his defence, however, transfer links again this season seem to be defender heavy. With Pep looking for a hat trick of Premier League titles, something only their local rivals Man Utd have done, he knows the key to titles is a solid foundation.

We take a look at two defenders being linked with a move to the Etihad…

Harry Maguire

The 26-year-old defender looks to be in demand once again as the transfer window takes off. It has been reported that Maguire has had interest from Man United as well, but the Leicester City player has previously said that he would like to join a club that can give him more, such as Champions League fixtures. This would make him the perfect fit for Pep’s team next year.

Joao Cancelo

City are also said to be in competition with Juventus over a transfer for Cancelo. There’s supposedly a £50 million transfer fee for the defender but, Pep and his team are willing to sell Danilo in order to buy the right back so they can have a solid back four next season.

Mr Man City Is The Clubs Best Bit of Business – Agreed

This article started its lifespan as describing what we learnt about Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend. The answer was not a lot.

Manchester City are a terrifyingly superior side and, don’t defend high up the pitch if it means trying to outpace Raheem Sterling. You won’t do it.

The news that was more shocking came the next day and it was that Vincent Kompany would be leaving the Citizens after 11 years at the Etihad Stadium.

The definition of being in the right place at the right time, Kompany joined the week before the takeover and, has been a major part in the clubs remarkable success over the years. He’s started a charity, he had a (pretty decent) racehorse named after him, Kool Kompany. And became a true fan favourite at the Etihad.

Huge names came and went for transfer fees you couldn’t imagine Man City spending in 2008, but Kompany was there for the long haul. His modest transfer fee was an irrelevance as he made himself an indispensable part of the team, and eventually the obvious choice for the Captain’s armband. His passion for the club and his role there remained immensely obvious throughout his City career, occasionally bubbling over to losing his cool.

However fans were always happy to overlook this, and were often rewarded, no more so than with his last Manchester City goal, his only this season and his only from outside the box.

Kompany is one of the most loyal and passionate players to have been on City’s books. A true Man City legend who I’m sure people will be talking about in decades to come.

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