Summer Needs 2021 – Man City

The City squad is primed to go again next season, the vast majority of the squad are between 25-30 years old, only KDB, Mahrez, Fernandinho and Gundogan are over 30! Not that being over 30 is death sentence for a footballer like it was 20+ years ago. The infrastructure at City is unbelievable and especially all the time Pep is in charge.

Contract wise the one concern/need to resolve is John Stones, after a Rocky year or so he bounced back with a vengeance last season, creating a great partnership with Dias. His form has continued in the Euro’s this summer and if a new contract is not forthcoming then a host of top European clubs would surely want to acquire him?

City managed to find a way to score and win without Aguero last season but a long term successor will need to be found. Playing without a top level, elite striker cannot be sustained. Gundogan’s goal form for example was a outlier. Jesus is not the answer but Ferran Torres has shown he will be a valuable starter at times. The big question is will they splash the cash on one of the top strikers potentially available this year. The most likely arrival would be Harry Kane he of course is a goal machine but shown he can link play at a Pep standard. Haaland or Mbappe have not shown yet they can fit into systems, both are mega talents relying on raw pace and skill. With the transfer and wage levels being astronomical Kane is the considered, sensible approach.
Another man linked so far is Jack Grealish, his skill set matches numerous players already at City, creative, busy who can retain the ball. The move for Grealish like the Kane link gives a premier English talent to play consistently in the big matches with a chance for honours. You could almost say they need the move more than City?
Defensively and holding midfield are always areas the champions look to add talent, this summer probably not unless a future replacement for Fernandinho can be found.
Retaining the title will be a focus but they surely will want the elusive Champions League win, would they swap domestic glory for the holy grail?