Dream Manchester City Lineup For 2017-18 Featuring Benjamin Mendy, Dani Alves And Isco
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had a mixed experience in his debut campaign in English football as his side finished third in the league despite having a high flying inception of 2016-17 Premier League campaign. Also, they failed to get closer to Champions League glory and were knocked out from Round of 16 fixtures against Monaco.
Guardiola, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, thus, has been trimming his side ruthlessly prior to the upcoming campaign and released the likes of Willy Caballero, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas. City have already concluded a couple of big money transfers in form of £43m Portuguese star Bernardo Silva from Monaco and highly rated Ederson Moraes from Benfica (for a fee around £35m), whereas more significant recruitments are to be continued in the coming weeks.
If the reports from several outlets are believed to be true, Manchester City have enquired about the availability of 25-year old Spanish international Isco, who enjoyed a scintillating campaign for Real Madrid. Despite limited game-time, the versatile attacker has flourished under Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane and played a key role in their Champions League as well as La Liga winning campaign.
AC Milan, the Serie A heavyweights, have also expressed their desire to sign the Spaniard, but the occasion of playing for one of the title contenders of Premier League under Pep Guardiola will attract him more if he decides to experience a new challenge in his career.
Star-studded Manchester City have multiple options in each position of their competitive squad and Isco’s presence will enhance their probability of winning the league due to his versatility, experience, key passing and dribbling skills that suits the profile of Pep’s style of play.
City are also closing in on Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy and Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker. A deal for current Juventus right-back Dani Alves is in its final stages as the veteran Brazilian is set to reunite with his former gaffer from Barcelona days. They have enquired about the availability of Southampton fullback Ryan Bertand as well, but the Saints are unwilling to sell any of their stars. An injury-free campaign from skipper Vincent Kompany is bigger necessity for the Citizens as it would help them avoid signing a new centre-back.
The likes of Ederson Moraes, John Stones, Aleksandar Kolarov , İlkay Gündoğan, Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Kyle Walker, and Gabriel Jesus will keep on breaking into the starting lineup and with such depth as well as quality in their squad, Manchester City should be considered as favorites to conquer the league throne.
Here’s how Manchester City’s lineup might look next season
Or maybe, something like this?