As Pep Guardiola prepares to enter his second season at Manchester City, he is overseeing a changing of the guard in terms of the club’s playing group.
Stalwarts of the last few years, namely Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero and Jesus Navas, have been moved on already, while the likes of Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksander Kolarov, Fabian Delph, Joe Hart and Wilfried Bony could be out the door in the coming weeks.
In their place, Guardiola has so far brought in exciting Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva from AS Monaco and young Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, and there’s no doubt that City have more spending to do.
One of the names linked with a switch to the Etihad Stadium by phone bill gambling sites is Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez who is coming off a strong season when he scored in 24 goals the Premier League.
However, the Gunners failed to qualify for the Champions League, prompting speculation that the 28-year-old former Barcelona man will seek a move this summer.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal aren’t keen to sell to a rival Premier League team if they do part ways with a player whose current contract is up at the end of the 2017/18 season.
While Sanchez would be an asset to almost any team in world football, Manchester City are already littered with attacking talent.
Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane are probably the best options to play in Guardiola’s system, though Raheem Sterling is coming off the back of a stellar season.
It looks like Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho is on his way to another Premier League club, which is a shame because he has performed superbly in very limited game time.
Iheanacho represents a problem with City – there is an expectation that they win trophies, and win them now, meaning very few opportunities for up and coming talent to play first team football.
Patrick Roberts is another who will probably leave City having been a standout performer for a title winning Celtic side in Scotland last season.
Who else will suffer if City keep loading up on experienced attacking talent? Will Leroy Sane, the 20-year-old German with pace to burn, be the next to have to be content with a bit-part role?
City are also blessed with talent in midfield; the aforementioned Bernardo Silva joins Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho and Fernando in the battle for potentially only three spots.
At the back is where the spending needs to happen; Kolarov is the only recognised senior full back in the squad, and he spent most of last season playing in the centre of the defence.
If Vincent Kompany can stay fit and forge a partnership with either Nicholas Otamendi or John Stones then the defensive frailties that were often exposed during the last campaign will be far less evident next time round.
There have been a number of full backs touted as possible pick ups, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker, free agent Dani Alves, and Benjamin Mendy of Monaco.
No set of supporters would turn down the opportunity to watch someone of Alexis Sanchez’s quality turn out for their club but Manchester City’s efforts would be better served shoring up the other end of the pitch.