Manchester City are interested in signing a forward this summer. Pep Guardiola is keen to bolster his line-up in order to iron out subtle issues in his squad. He has already bought Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras (in 2017) and has shown interest in Alexis Sanchez, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Kylian Mbappe in the past.
Since January, City have elevated their fascination to buy Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City. They couldn’t get him in the winter but are expected to get their man this summer. The main issue here is the pricing. If City think the Algerian is evaluated at a higher price, they’d probably withdraw their interest.
So, in that case let us look at three possible alternatives the Cityzens could sign to augment their forward line.
Zaha has been one of the breakout stars in the Premier League in the past few seasons and has carried Crystal Palace almost single-handedly.
There have been reports claiming that Crystal Palace are set to offer him a new contract to keep the potential suitors at bay. If the 25-year old does sign that deal, it’d be a huge blow not only for City but for other big-name clubs interested in him.
Although, if the player exhibits his interest in playing for a big club, Manchester City could just be his ideal destination. He is one of those wingers who can hug the touchline and spread the pitch for the defenders. He has pace, dribbling skills and goal-scoring prowess. 9 goals and 3 assists in 29 appearances last season at a dribbling rate of 4.1 per game reveals his quality.
Eden Hazard has openly stated his desire to leave Chelsea if the club doesn’t spend big this summer reports of interest from Real Madrid in this case. Nevertheless, if City can stall that deal, it would be a major swoop. Guardiola would love to have the quality of Hazard dazzling around Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, etc.
However, this deal is unlikeliest of all as Chelsea wouldn’t want to sell their best asset to one of their direct rivals. Nevertheless, we cannot rule out anything in football.
The Frenchman almost completed his move to Liverpool but that was hindered due to medical issues. It is easy to understand why the Reds were interested in the deal as the player would add different dimensions to a forward line.
The Lyon starlet is comfortable playing as a No.10, as a support striker or as a right-winger. He has good dribbling skills, is comfortable taking defenders on and is deadly in picking out key passes.
He would certainly add a different element to the City forward line already consisting a variety of threats. If Liverpool do fail to resurrect the transfer, the Cityzens can profit from it and buy the player.
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