Five English players to Man City?
Pep Guardiola says he wants more homegrown talent and English players to Man City, but has bemoaned the cost of them.
Speaking before a midweek Premier League game at the Etihad against Stoke City, he said: “I would like to have English players, believe me, but they are so expensive.
“I would like to play with English players. When I was in Barcelona I liked to play with locals because they feel something special, but sometimes it is not possible.”
These comments have sparked the local and national press into life, linking Guardiola with best of British players.
That got FootyOn thinking about five expensive English players to Man City we could potentially see this summer.
Midfield dynamism is both a key component of Guardiola’s style and a hallmark of the best modern City sides.
And midfielders do not come more dynamic than Dele Alli.
The Tottenham player is on course for his best-ever scoring season.
Alli is averaging a goal every other game in the Premier League, with 13 in 26 appearances.
That evokes memories for City fans of Yaya Toure in his prime, though Alli could cost £80,000,000 plus.
Star Burnley defender Keane came through the ranks at City’s rivals Manchester United, but could be the answer to some issues at the back for Guardiola.
The Clarets centre back is being linked with a move back to the big club.
Sean Dyche has never stood in the way of any player who wants to leave Turf Moor.
Keane has also been linked with Chelsea and Everton, and is reportedly valued in excess of £20,000,000.
Guardiola’s need may be greatest, though, after playing Serbia wing back Aleksandar Kolarov at centre half for much of tis season.
Sky Bet offer odds of 16/1 for Keane to sign for Man City in the summer transfer window.
Consistent reports claim City are scouting Sunderland stopper Pickford.
The England Under-21 goalie is once again tipped for a senior call-up, despite the Black Cats’ perpetual Premier League struggles.
Keepers are something of an issue for Guardiola, as £17,000,000 summer signing Claudio Bravo has flopped.
Joe Hart appears to have no future at the Etihad after being sent out on loan to Serie A side Torino.
Pickford is Sunderland’s prize asset, regardless of whether they avoid relegation, and will command a large fee.
Back to Spurs, and the full back berths are one of the most eye-catching elements of Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
If explosive midfielder Alli appeals among English players to Man City, then why not left back Rose?
Although currently sidelined by injury, he is another linked with a summer switch to the Etihad.
Rose’s incredible engine is similar to Spain counterpart Jordi Alba, who excelled at Barcelona under Guardiola.
Sky Bet also have a market on Rose and his next club, with City 7/1 to sign him before September 3.
He is rated in the region of £40,000,000, according to latest reports.
Could Guardiola be the man to revive the career of injury-plagued, Arsenal-owned Bournemouth loanee Wilshere?
A move to Man City continues to crop up in gossip columns.
At Barca and Bayern Munich, Guardiola had pass-master playmakers such as Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso.
Wilshere could compliment potential midfield partner Alli nicely.
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