Man City, much like their neighbours Man Utd, have the funding to pull off record-breaking signings to bring talent to their club.
With Man City’s success in England, and somewhat proving they have the potential to excel in Europe, they now have much more of an attraction than just the wages. As a result, they are being linked to the some of the biggest names in the industry, and one player in their ranks could be key in getting one of the two they have eyes on this summer.
Spanish defender Eric Garcia joined Man City from Barcelona in 2018 and is now linked with a move back to his former club. The arrival of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41million could be a direct replacement.
With progression in Lionel Messi’s intent to leave Barcelona, there is currently a legal battle regarding a 700million euro release clause. If it is waived, Messi could go on a free transfer.
Were Manchester City to offer the promising young defender to Barcelona as part of the deal for want-away Lionel Messi, they might ease up on the conditions of the contract. Allowing the biggest transfer of the century: Lionel Messi to Manchester City.
Garcia’s alternative route
Another route, some might say more realistic or more sensible, is to offer Eric Garcia to Napoli in a bid to lower the cost for the brilliant defender.
According to reports, Napoli are asking for a price in the ballpark of £63million, a price Man City are not willing to rise to. Offering the services of a player who has recently garnered the interest of the great Barcelona should considerably lower the cost of Koulibaly.
Manchester City have had very interesting transfer windows since their financial takeover in 2008, and should they come away with either of the aforementioned names, this one will be up there as one of the best.