Man City target ‘ready to talk’ as Pep Guardiola dreams of blockbuster deal this summer

Ben Stewart
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday May 17, 2023.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester City have gone from strength to strength under Pep Guardiola and they could further strengthen their squad in the summer.

With the Premier League title now in the bag, Guardiola’s men are gearing up for the FA Cup and Champions League finals to come.

During the second half of the season, Man City have been an unstoppable force. Since Guardiola has tinkered with the system, they haven’t looked back.

The likes of John Stones and Ruben Dias have formed the base of their backline and City are keen to add to their defensive options once more.

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has emerged as a primary target for City this summer. The defender is highly rated and would be a statement signing to say the least.

The 21-year-old starred at the World Cup for Croatia and plenty of top European clubs have registered an interest.

According to Sport Witness, Leipzig are now ‘ready to talk’ over a potential deal this summer.

It is stated that while the club don’t want to sell the defender, an offer of around £97million might be too good to turn down.

The German club currently sit third in the Bundesliga and have already qualified for the Champions League next season.

It’s fair to say that City have a good track record when it comes to investing in players from the Bundesliga.

The likes of Erling Haaland, Ilkay Gundogan and Manuel Akanji have all played crucial roles in Guardiola’s side this season.

A natural Aymeric Laporte replacement?

It’s fair to say that Man City aren’t short on defenders, but a new vacancy could soon be opening up in their side.

Laporte’s time in Manchester could be coming towards its conclusion. The Spanish defender has been a fine player over the years, but could soon seek a new challenge.

The likes of PSG, Barcelona and Tottenham have all registered an interest in the 28-year-old. 

Across his six seasons with the club, he has made 177 appearances across all competitions. However, this year he hasn’t featured as much as previously.

In the Premier League, Laporte has only started in 10 matches and has racked up just 904 minutes of football.

A knee injury along with the form of Nathan Ake and Akanji has left the Spanish defender watching the majority of the season from the sidelines.

Gvardiol could represent a natural replacement to Laporte. The Leipzig defender is also left-footed and is seven years younger than the Man City man.

Guardiola always seems to know the perfect time to move players on and freshen up the squad with new blood.

An exiting young talent like Gvardiol would certainly be an exciting addition to the Premier League, although he wouldn’t come cheap.

To open negotiations with the German club, City will have to be prepared to pay around £97million.

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