After 3 seasons without the title and a lack of a competitive edge in Europe, Manchester City management hired Pep Guardiola in order to give them the competitiveness needed to mount challenges on both fronts. Since his announcement as new handler, the hopes has been raised and anything short of a title win within the next 2 seasons will be considered as failure. A shot at the Champions League trophy is also being expected. Having armed himself with the recruiting of Nolito, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gundogan upon arrival, the Spanish tactician is slowly building a solid squad ahead of next season’s campaign.

But with the current City squad and from the latest additions he plans a making, Pep is putting his trust in young players to help him deliver the goods. The former Barcelona coach already has a knack for moulding young players into quality finished products, with the likes of Messi, Busquets and Thiago turning into brilliant players under his tutelage. At City, Iheanacho is seen as the next big project the new coach will fine tune, while the youth team players, Adarabioyo and Co are set to benefit from his methods and development plans. Recent reports say the club is inching towards the acquisitions of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, 2 of the finest youngsters tipped by many to take the football world by storm due to their talents. Colombian prodigy, Marlos Moreno is also being heavily linked with an Etihad switch.

Sane has been under City’s transfer radar for long, and after he submitted a transfer request to Schalke 04, a move away from Bundesliga side looks certain. Although the club hasn’t agreed on a transfer fees with the Citizens and further negotiations have continued, securing the signature of the 20-year-old looks certain. Schalke are reportedly holding out a price tag of £41.5million for the winger, with City hoping the price can be lowered in order to proceed with his signing. Last term, the youngster made 33 league appearances with 8 goals to his name in what is considered as his breakout season. His form also saw him earn a call-up to the German national team and was part of the squad to the European Championships.

Despite being courted by the likes of United and Madrid, Brazilian youngster, Gabriel Jesus is set to sign for Manchester City. His agent revealed that negotiations are ongoing and making headway, with an agreement to be reached soon between every party involved. The 19-year-old Palmeiras forward broke onto the scene last season in the Brazilian Serie A, and his keen eyes for goals has seen him attract a lot of suitors. Gabriel has been included in the Brazil’s squad to the Rio Olympics, and he will be leading the country’s attack as their search for a first ever Olympic gold continues.

Having agreed a £8million transfer fees with Atlético Nacional for the services of 19-year-old winger, Marlos Moreno, a deal is said to be finalized in the coming weeks. The youngster shone at the Copa America where he registered his name in the goalscorers sheet. Regarded as one of the best South American teenagers, the highly-rated is also due to arrive Etihad and make up the core of Guardiola’s squad next season.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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