A substantial amount of noise from Manchester City fans has been made this week having seen their side overcome a fairly huge mountain via three league matches within seven days with an eight-point advantage over their local rivals, thus keeping the gap intact.
The two-time Premier League champions have been widely tipped to win the title and they’ve so far lived up to expectations. Having won 14 out of 15 games this season, you could forgive suggestions that they have their heads in the clouds (though Pep Guardiola would rather have their feet nailed to the ground). Having just edged past Huddersfield Town away 2-1, then beat Southampton, and West Ham (both at home) by the same scoreline, you could say they really do have the “mark of champions”.
City fans have been getting excited by the mouthwatering derby this weekend, though the team must overcome 2009 UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek. Jumping the gun and not focusing on the task at hand would be the worst thing to happen!
Meanwhile, comments from ex-Chelsea winger Pat Nevin have suggested that Guardiola is interested in the reigning Premier League champions’ defender Andreas Christensen.
Christensen has been an instrumental figure in Antonio Conte’s side and has been keeping out Brazilian David Luiz – having started the last five league matches.
Suggestions from Nevin imply that the Danish 21-year-old international is a player Guardiola is keen on and if the centre-back was to move, there could be TWO other players who could be joining him at the City of Manchester Stadium. Lets find out who they are…
Given the recent injury of John Stones, Vincent Kompany’s persisting fitness struggles and Elaquim Mangala apparent inability to step up has given the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager plenty to ponder as he looks to resolve centre-back issues.
In recent times, City have been linked with the Real Sociedad defender who has been proving his worth with impressive displays to the Spanish national side. Could we see more of him at Russia in the Summer?
It’s worth noting that Martinez is a versatile defender which means that he can also play at left-back – another area that’s lacking in depth given the long-term injury Benjamin Mendy has sustained. I’d say the Citizens must look to get the deal done come January!
This transfer rebels future has been speculated about for a while now and its got to a point where Arsenal fans would like to know whether he’s staying or going so that both parties could move on. He has less than six months left on his current contract, and it’s looking more unlikely that he’ll sign an extension.
The two-time Copa America winner first signed for the North London-based club back in 2014 and has been instrumental in winning two FA Cups in three seasons, amassing 77 goals and 45 assists in 138 games thus far.
The fact that he’s unsure of whether to sign a new deal with the three-time Premier League winners has courted interest from Manchester City and having worked with Pep Guardiola previously at Barcelona, the two-time Champions League winning manager will no doubt know what Sanchez brings to his side.
They should be looking to make the move come the New Year, given interest remains reportedly positive.
What are your thoughts on the potential signings? Do you think they could bolster options in attack and defence respectively? Would Manchester City City become an even better side should they make the signings?