Manchester City’s first season under Pep Guardiola was more or less disappointing.A lot was expected of him when he was appointed the manager of the club in the summer of 2016 replacing a successful Manuel Pellegrini.However,a 3rd place finish in the league,semifinal exit in the FA Cup and elimination from round of 16 in UCL is way below his usual standards.
One of the main reasons for City’s struggle this season was their defence.John Stones failed to adapt to his new club and made a lot of mistakes.The right-back position was also a reason for concern for Pep as both Zabaleta and Sagna were outrun by opponents in that flank.Guardiola even tried Navas and Fernandinho in that position but none of them were entirely convincing.However,none of these players struggled as much as the man between the posts – Claudio Bravo.Bravo was signed as a replacement of long time City employee – Joe Hart.One of the reasons given by Guardiola over signing of Bravo was that he is good with his feet and his ball distribution ability is superior to that of Joe Hart.Pep certainly took a gamble in replacing him with Hart -a gamble he miserably failed.
Bravo was really poor for Man City making numerous mistakes that cost them and then got injured at the end of the season.In Bravo’s absence City’s second choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero played well and put in some decent performances that looked good enough to earn him a new contract.However,it wasn’t to be so,Caballero along with Clichy,Sagna and Navas were released from the club on 26th May as Guardiola look to overhaul the squad.So let us have a look at the list of players that Manchester City could sign this summer.
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Having signed Bernardo Silva yesterday,here are the remaining players that Manchester City could sign this summer –
The 23-year-old,Ederson Moraes is City’s priority transfer target of the summer transfer window and Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of his ability.
According to the Portugese newspaper ”Record” report, Ederson’s departure from Benfica and arrival at City will be announced within the next few days, and this would mean his last game is the Taça de Portugal final, played tomorrow.
Upadate:Moares is signed and is given jersey no.31.
Pep Guardiola has added Jack Butland to the list of goalkeepers he is considering this summer.The Manchester City manager has been keeping tabs on the England international, who was long-tipped to succeed Joe Hart as Three Lions No1.The 24-year-old’s progress has been hampered by injuries at Stoke, but he remains highly rated and continues to be monitored by City.
However if the Ederson deal go through ,it is unlikely that City will sign him too.
Manchester City’s are still showing interest in signing Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford,who is likely to leave his current club this summer.However,Everton are favourites to sign him.