Who will be the Man City first summer signing?
FootyOn experts look at five Man City first summer signing candidates.
Pep Guardiola ends his maiden season at the Etihad without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career.
Manchester City’s wealthy owners are reportedly backing their Catalan coach, however, with funds for next season.
There are particular areas of his squad where Guardiola needs additions.
Bearing that in mind, we look at Paddy Power’s market and five candidates to be Man City first summer signing.
Both Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna are out of contract at the Etihad, and regular winger Jesus Navas has been filling in at right back recently.
This is definitely Guardiola’s problem position.
Spurs attacking outlet Walker has excelled in a wing back role at White Hart Lane this term.
The security of a three-man defence behind him has got the best out of the England man.
Walker has six Premier League assists this season and is part of the top-flight’s best defence with just 22 conceded.
A big money bid from City could materialised for this increasingly consistent player.
Guardiola is said to have looked enviously on at Borussia Dortmund star striker Aubameyang while in charge at Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
The Gabon goal-machine would certainly give long-serving Sergio Aguero some stiff competition in the Etihad attack.
Tabloid talk of a £60,000,000 plus bid from City is doing the rounds.
Prolific in Germany, Aubameyang is a versatile forward who could even play alongside Aguero.
Whether he would swap being top man at Dortmund for one of a galaxy of stars in Manchester remains to be seen.
In the Man City first summer signing market, Aubameyang is a fine 14/1 price.
Bournemouth loanee Wilshere’s long-term future is the subject of plenty of speculation.
Does he have a future at parent club Arsenal?
Guardiola is said to be a fan, and deep-lying playmakers were a feature of his Barcelona and Bayern teams.
City have thus steadily been linked with Wilshere.
Several Gunners players have moved to Manchester in recent years too.
Relegated Sunderland are surely resigned to losing star stopper Pickford, so why not sell him to the highest bidder?
A goalkeeper is another of Guardiola’s priorities, with Claudio Bravo struggling for form and fitness, Willy Caballero out of contract and Joe Hart likely leaving permanently.
Everton have now emerged as front-runners to sign Pickford, but City still have plenty of clout.
Should they miss out him, then Stoke City keeper Jack Butland may be an alternative target.
Pickford is a 14/1 chance to be first Man City summer signing.
Arsenal top scorer Sanchez signed and played for Guardiola at Barca.
There have been visible signs of frustration from the Chile forward on the pitch this season.
He is clearly hungry for more trophies after his Nou Camp spell.
Reuniting with Guardiola may be Sanchez’s best chance of getting silverware.
Should the Gunners sell him, however, competition would be cut-throat.
Odds of 20/1 say Sanchez will be first Man City summer signing.
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