Manchester City is on the verge of signing Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, while Ilkay Gundogan is set to leave. These are the first shifts within the squad that clinched the Treble last season, but more changes are expected.
The Croatian international, aged 29, is anticipated to join for an initial £25m, potentially escalating to £30m. His arrival was believed to fortify City’s midfield options.
However, shortly after this announcement, it was revealed that Gundogan, the German midfielder, would be transferring to Barcelona for free in the summer, making Kovacic’s signing more comprehensible.
With 69 passes per 90 minutes last season, Kovacic’s tally was the fifth-highest among central midfielders who played regularly in the Premier League.
Kovacic, boasting four Champions League victories, three with Real Madrid, brings in the experience that City will lose with Gundogan’s exit.
Similar to Gundogan, Kovacic can play more forward, although he is more defensive-minded. Yet, his seven appearances per goal contribution fall behind Gundogan’s three.
In 491 club appearances, Kovacic has only scored 24 goals, compared to Gundogan’s impressive 110 in his 557 career appearances.
Simon Stone from Sport Newes Center speculates, “Guardiola might not stop at Kovacic. There’s always uncertainty surrounding Bernardo Silva, while Riyad Mahrez lost his starting place by the season’s end, generating interest. Aymeric Laporte could also be in jeopardy given his desire to secure his position in Spain’s Euro 2024 squad.”
Let’s consider some possible changes this summer.
Kyle Walker, the England defender, is reportedly eager to exit Manchester City, with Bayern Munich being a potential destination. The 33-year-old has secured the Premier League title five times in his six seasons at the club, but lost favor recently.
Aymeric Laporte, the Spanish defender aged 29, might also be on his way out after falling out of the team’s favor.
Joao Cancelo, the Portuguese full-back, could conceivably return to the Etihad Stadium after a less-than-satisfactory loan at Bayern Munich.
Kalvin Phillips, the English international, claims he will stay at the club despite only starting 10 games last season following a £45m move from Leeds. However, Gundogan’s exit might not offer him more playtime, considering Kovacic’s arrival.
Riyad Mahrez, the Algerian winger aged 32, is among the many European-based players being associated with a summer move to Saudi Arabia.
Bernardo Silva, the Portuguese forward aged 28, is being rumored for a potential move away, with Paris St-Germain and Saudi Arabia touted as possible destinations.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Manchester City Squad Changes
What changes are happening at Manchester City with Mateo Kovacic’s signing and Ilkay Gundogan’s departure?
Mateo Kovacic’s signing and Ilkay Gundogan’s departure are the first changes at Manchester City’s squad. Kovacic brings experience and midfield depth, while Gundogan’s exit opens up opportunities for other players. However, more changes may occur as the transfer window progresses. Potential departures include Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Kalvin Phillips, Riyad Mahrez, and Bernardo Silva. Stay tuned for updates on Manchester City’s squad changes.