The Etihad outfit will hope to hit the ground running when next season resumes with new handler, Pep Guardiola, and top of their target is the EPL title after a 2-year drought. Pep is already shaking things up with the squad, and although we’re not likely to see a complete facelift of the team, major changes will definitely set in. Kompany’s frequent injuries make him more of a liability, while Yaya Toure will be on his way out due to the history between the 2 from their Barcelona days. So how could City lineup given their current activity in the summer transfer market?
Joe Hart missed a great opportunity to impress the new coach at the Euros, and that concern over who will man his post will probably see him go in full pursuit of the Barcelona backup goalie. Ter Stegen isn’t happy with sitting out weekend games at Camp Nou, and will definitely jump at the chance to play under Pep as he’s guaranteed of snatching the starting berth from the England shot stopper.
KIMMICH. STONES. OTAMENDI. CLICHY
At right back, Sagna and Zabaleta’s futures aren’t guaranteed and the club is planning a swoop on Germany international and Bayern Munich right back, Kimmich. The 21-year-old impressed for the World Cup holders in France during the Euros, and a reunion with Pep looks to be on the books. City are also close to landing long-term target, John Stones as the young central back has told Everton of his desire to make an Etihad switch. Everton want £50million for their valued possession and it looks like they are going to get it from Manchester City. Last summer signing, Nicholas Otamendi should pair up with Stones in the central of the defence as his performances last season and at the Copa America will see him continue to hold down his spot. Clichy should hold down the left back position despite failing to make the French squad for the Euros. Although his age could see Guardiola think of a long-term replacement soon.
Brazil international, Fernandinho was in blistering form last season and there shouldn’t be worries for him as far as holding down a starting berth under Pep goes. With sure exits for the duo of Toure and Fernando, the midfielder should be pairing alongside new signing, Gundogan in front of the back four. The 4-2-3-1 formation is EPL default’s formation, and it’s unknown if we will be seeing the tactician stick with his favorite 4-4-2/4-3-3.
NOLITO. SILVA. DE BRUYNE
Ex-Celta Vigo forward, Nolito will surely displace the struggling Raheem Sterling in the lineup, and he should start on his preferred position by the left upfront. Silva and De Bruyne should retain their positions behind the striker and on the right wing respectively. Pep is known to wield his attacking midfield as his major weapon to win games and he’ll be banking on these 3 to deliver more on the pitch and help keep the possession type of football in play every now and then.
The Argentina international enters his final year of his contract and he has hinted at a return back home after he sees the deal out. That will serve as a concern for Pep, but he will hope to turn Iheanacho into a hot property and recruit another striker as backup. Nevertheless, Kun will lead the attack next season.