Pep Guardiola has gone to town on the ageing deadwood in Manchester City’s squad, and in this window – has replaced it with new furnished layers of gloss and sparkle – but he’s not finished yet.
“We need something else, someone else.”
Those were the words of the Catalan coach after the pre-season demolition of West Ham United, as he looks to strengthen on top of the fresh and exciting signings of Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy.
Money is not the issue, which seems to be the talking point of the club in every outlet possible. City is comfortable – in a lavish position, in which they bring in the 2nd most amount of money in the league, behind Manchester United – which in the short amount of time they’ve been at the summit, is very impressive.
As sponsors and shirt sales take care of the recruitment, Guardiola is taking care of the style of play, and choosing those who are best suited to it – but who else could potentially join the fray?
Alexis Sanchez has lit up the Premier League since joining Arsenal in 2014 from FC Barcelona. The Gunners have been described by some as a one-man-team over the time the Chilean has been at the club, and he is certainly admired by Guardiola.
Because Pep signed Sanchez up while at Barcelona in 2011, the rumours have been doing the rounds all throughout the summer window, linking Arsenal’s number seven with the Blues. He would add more flames to an attack that will look to be on fire this season.
City could do with a South American that offers the quality, but also passion and fire in the belly, in which shows shades of Carlos Tevez when he wore the blue shirt.
With the departure of Kelechi Iheanacho to Leicester City for £25 million, it now makes room in the squad for another option.