New Series: Window Shopping - Manchester City
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Welcome to our new feature, as we count down to the big day. There’s less than fifty days to go now until the January transfer window opens, so whether your team is challenging for the title, battling for Europe or clinging on to survival in the lucrative top flight of English football, I’m going to analyse (in my humble view) what your team needs to in order to have a successful January. I’ll be basing the order of teams in table order, correct as of 18/11/18 for my analysis, so without further ado, the defending champions and threatening run-away leaders, Manchester City. Summer Review: It was a mixed summer for City, who had two top targets going into the window. They managed to prize away Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, the Algerian swapping the King Power for The Etihad in a club record £60m+ deal and whilst he took a while to find his feet, he’s now repaying that fee with goals, assists and solid performances – just don’t ask him to take penalties. City did fail, however, to nab Jorginho from Napoli as the midfield metronome followed Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea, which is a relief for the rest of the league. I’d dread to play against a midfield of Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Jorginho, you’d never touch the ball. Claudio Gomes, Philippe Sandler and Daniel Arzani are all youngsters with potential, time will tell if they come good.
Who comes in?Despite having squad depth that would make any team worldwide blush, Guardiola seems determined to keep the chequebook open and is targeting more young talent for his ranks. City are being linked with Ajax pair Frenkie De Jong and Mathijs De Ligt, for a combined fee north of £100m, while rumours of Nathan Ake, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Everton Soares all continue to rumble on.
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