The Daily Mirror are reporting that Manchester City may be interested in adding Bayern Munich‘s Kingsley Coman to their attacking ranks this summer in a 43 million deal. At first this would seem like pure conjecture because with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané seemingly set to occupy our flanks for the foreseeable, why buy another winger?
Also as a general rule and as pointed out in an earlier article on this site, Europe’s elite clubs would be both reluctant and ill-advised to give us a leg-up in the competition for continental supremacy.
Nonetheless the argument runs thus:
It is believed that Carlo Ancelotti is unlikely to make Coman’s spell at Bayern permanent following his loan from Juventus. Apparently the French youngster does not wish to return to The Old Lady. Coman has been unable to regularly usurp the aging Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery for the Bundesliga giants and as it was Pep himself who brought the youngster to Bayern when he was coach there, then it makes sense that he would want to seize upon any opportunity to be reunited with him in City’s summer reboot. Furthermore, Coman would be ideal to replace the outgoing Jesus Navas.
Last year the MailOnline reported Coman’s interest in playing in the Premier League and also his praise for Guardiola. Coman said:
“For me Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best,’ said the France international. He has helped me a lot – his style of play suits me. He gave me a chance to play and some good advice: “Don’t ask yourself questions. Just play.” He likes players who are direct and who dribble so he gave me a simple instruction: “Just play the way you play. When I heard he was leaving [to join City] I was sorry. I’ve only known him this season but I have bonded with him.”
Despite this, Coman to City seems a little like speculative guesswork at this stage based on this historical link between the player and Guardiola and the fact that his 2-year loan deal is coming to an end. There is no quote from Ancelotti and there is unlikely to be one. Coman is available to Bayern at a good price (approx 18 million GBP) and ‘alternative facts’ coming from the French press and cited by Talksport indicate that the 20 year-old would, in fact, prefer to stay at Bayern.
Additionally, Coman’s inability to supplant Robben and Ribery may have been more to do with small recurring injuries than lack of ability. The two elder statesmen cannot go on forever and it does not make sense for Bayern to sell a 20 year-old with terrific ability and unlimited potential to a European rival.
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