Despite all their success last season and undoubted talent, City are struggling to get into their rhythm and put a consistent run of victories together in this campaign. They are currently 14 points off the league leaders Liverpool. The recent loss to rivals Manchester United has raised concern over City’s defensive abilities.
Aymeric Laporte’s injury and Vincent Kompany’s loss is clearly visible on the team. Otamendi’s poor form has not helped the cause either. Manchester City will have to make some signings in the winter transfer window, so that they can compete for various trophies. In this article, we will have a look at some of the players Manchester City could sign this winter transfer window.
Here are the 8 players Manchester City could sign this winter transfer window –
8. Lautaro Martinez
Manchester City are reportedly weighing up a swoop for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez. The 22-year-old has been in impressive form for Inter during the 2019-20 campaign, finding the back of the net on 13 occasions in 19 appearances in all competitions.
Martinez has managed eight goals in 14 Serie A fixtures, while he has also struck five times in five Champions League outings during a strong start to the season.
Manchester United and Barcelona have both been linked with the Argentina international in recent weeks.
However, according to Sky Sport Italia, City are also in the hunt with head coach Pep Guardiola viewing Martinez as the perfect player to provide competition for Sergio Aguero in the final third.
Inter are said to value the South American attacker in the region of £96m.
7. Ruben Dias
The 22-year-old came through the Benfica youth system and the club regard him as a future captain as he’s a natural leader.
Ruben Dias has been touted in many circles as a potential January signing for Manchester City. He has been linked to Manchester United in recent times as well, and it is also believed Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Nuno Espirito Santo is keen on bringing his compatriot to the Molineux.
Dias has been delivering impressive performances at the heart of Benfica’s defence since his first-team debut in 2017, and that has seen the Dragons slap a €66 million release clause on him.
Dias is also confident with the ball at his feet, and he showed why he is so highly rated during Portugal’s successful UEFA Nations league campaign.
He has a contract till 2024, and it is rumoured the Portuguese club is keen to increase his release clause to €90 million in a bid to ward off his English suitors as well as present his value more accurately. The price tag is unlikely to deter Man City from making a move.
6. Nathan Ake
The former Chelsea defender has been getting plenty of plaudits at the heart of the Bournemouth FC defence, and this is a move which looks easy on the eye. He was linked with a summer transfer to the Etihad, and with the current defensive crisis at City, Pep Guardiola is likely to make a move for the homegrown talent.
Ake was initially sent on loan to Bournemouth, however, he sealed a permanent move to the South Coast club in 2017 after a standout season.
He is currently valued at £40 million, but with reports over the summer that the Cherries demanded an £80 million transfer fee when Leicester City came calling, the Citizens may be required to fork out a very large sum.