Pep Guardiola was KO standing. Saturday night, the Manchester City coach had a difficult evening in the Champions League final, as he saw Chelsea win 1 to 0. A handsome player, the Spanish coach defended his ideas to the end in press conference, he who was criticized for his tactical choices. Guardiola also took the opportunity to discuss next season and the upcoming transfer window, he who announced on Friday that he would still be on the bench for City next year. “We are looking for areas where we can potentially improve the team”.
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Guardiola wants reinforcements
And there are several areas where residents of the Etihad Stadium should strengthen during this offseason, especially since several departures could occur. As far as Sergio Agüero is concerned, it is a certainty. After ten years with the Citizens, the Argentine will be free on June 30. He will join FC Barcelona, like Eric Garcia, also free. Saturday the Daily Mail was talking about the fact that Man City could sacrifice Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez. Regarding the Englishman, he is placed on the transfer list, while we were recently talking about an extension.
The Algerian would leave in the event of an interesting offer. For his part, Gabriel Jesus could serve as a bargaining chip to attract a big fish in attack. Because one of the priorities of the Mancuniens is to get their hands on a number 9. They should also recruit a left-back and a midfielder to rejuvenate their midfield according to the Manchester Evening News. The British publication also reviews some avenues explored by the Skyblues for the summer transfer window. The latter, who lost 146 M € following the pandemic, should nevertheless be active while being reasonable.
A number 9 in priority
While there is no real track that emerges for the left side position, the situation is different in the midfield. If the name of Jude Bellingham, who does not have an exit voucher in Dortmund, was mentioned, Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) is Pep Guardiola’s priority. But it will be necessary to put the package. 116 M € according to the Daily Mail. A high price. It will also be necessary to break the bank to recruit in attack. Harry Kane is being tracked. And if the center forward is pushing for a start, the Spurs hope to make him stay and will not let go easily. It would be bad to know Daniel Levy, a president known to be tough in business.
Not to mention the fact that competition is fierce for the player under contract until 2024. Chelsea and Manchester United are interested. But Man City would have the advantage since the player would have made it his favorite destination. To complete this file, the Citizens would like to include Gabriel Jesus in the deal, an element that Spurs likes. His teammate, Heung-min Son, is also being watched. The same goes for Erling Braut Haaland (BVB), courted by the best in Europe. Lionel Messi, at the end of his contract at Barça, however seems out of reach. The transfer window promises to be agitated among the champions of England.