Pep Guardiola wants to buy more defenders and find someone to replace David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
According to Sky Sports on August 6, Guardiola’s priority was to buy one more center-back and one left-back. Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is considered the number one target. The Senegal midfielder impresses with his passing skills and is a type of player with an attacking mindset, consistent with Guardiola’s philosophy.
Koulibaly is Man City’s next transfer target
On the left-wing, Guardiola has Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko. He also welcomed Angelino back after half a year on loan to RB Leipzig. However, the Spanish military leader seems uncertain about this position.
In addition to reinforcing the defense, Guardiola also considered finding replacements for David Silva and Aguero. Silva left Man City after 10 years of dedication to the club and leaves a void in midfield, while Aguero will leave next summer.
According to Sky Sports, Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is the number one candidate to replace Aguero. However, the Premier League runner-up will have to compete with Barca – the team is also very hungry for Martinez’s service. Man City also kept an eye on Joao Felix, the player that Atletico Madrid spent $149 million to bring back from Benfica last summer but did not meet expectations.
On August 5, Man City completed the Nathan Ake deal from Bournemouth for $53 million. Before that, midfielder Ferran Torres was the first player to land at Etihad this summer, with a transfer fee of 27 million USD paid to Valencia.
Man City finished buying striker replaces Leroy Sane
Man City recruited 20-year-old winger Ferran Torres from Valencia for $27 million.
As Ferran Torres has a contract year left, the midfielder’s transfer fee in 2000 is said to be modest compared to the potential of the player who won both U17 and U19 European champions and Spain. Valencia can receive an additional $14 million in surcharge, depending on Torres’ performance.
To have a 5-year contract with Torres, Man City defeated many competitors such as Man Utd, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, and Atletico. Earlier, at the end of July 2020, Pep Guardiola revealed, that the new game had soon agreed on personal terms with the Etihad owner.