1. Fred (Box-Box Mid)
Guardiola chatted with Fred after The Blues faced Shakhtar early in the season and the Brazilian spoke fondly of the encounter. “Coming from someone like Guardiola, now one of the most recognised managers in the world, it makes me proud,” he told UOL Esporte. It motivates me even more to continue to do my best in every training session and match.” (M.E.N.)
Gotta be said though, it could very well be that Fred‘s agent is looking to emulate Alexis Sanchez and pit City against The Theatre of Draws to entice a bidding war.
Pep will not be impressed.
2. Jorginho (Defensive Mid)
According to The Metro The 26-year-old has revealed he would love to play for Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.
‘The recognition and praise from Guardiola, a coach so important to world football, is spectacular. In England there are teams that play football that I like.
3. Weigl (Box-Box Mid)
Weigl sparked questions about his future when he followed both City and the Premier League on his official Instagram account. The Blues have sent scouts to Dortmund’s last few matches to check out the 22-year-old. The signs are that the player will be on a shortlist when the transfer window re-opens. Weigl has already amassed over 130 senior appearances since starting out as a teenager with Munich 1860. (The Mirror)
4. Milinkovic-Savic (Box-Box Mid)
While Milinkovic-Savic is said to be interesting Stretford, Pep Guardiola is also thought to be keen on his signature as he aims to strengthen his side’s attacking depth. The Serbian international signed for Lazio from Genk in 2014 and has made over 100 appearances.
According to the excellent CityWatch:
“Milinkovic-Savic is at an age now where he is beginning to show his potential to be a world-beater, and under the helm of Guardiola, he could be adapted. From the role of a box-to-box midfielder this season, he has 11 goals and 4 assists, showing his prowess in an attacking sense… at 6’3, he is hard to seize the ball from with his muscular frame which would allow him to flourish when protecting the backline.
He is also giant in the air… so he should find no problems when adjusting to the opposition’s use of the long-ball in the English game.
It is not only in the air he impresses, as on the ground he excels in technical tricks and flicks whilst dancing and prancing round opponents and at times certainly catching the eye.”
5. Isco (Attacking Mid)
Manchester Evening News reporter James Robson put two and two together from Isco‘s latest comments:
“In Madrid, I don’t have the confidence a player needs,” he told Marca. “The matches with the national team give me life. Here, I have the confidence of the coach. I want to show that I’m a good player. Lopetegui shows me confidence with the minutes he gives me. Maybe I’m the problem in Madrid. I don’t know how to win Zidane’s confidence.”
Although..we’ve been there before, haven’t we chaps?
6. Mahrez (Attacking Mid)
“The club have not closed the door on getting Mahrez, despite what happened on deadline day. We’re ready to talk to them … “. Mahrez has been on the list since last year. Apparently The Pepster is still keen.
7. Hazard (Attacking Mid)
Spanish outlet Don Balon suggest The Blues are contemplating a summer move for the Chelsea star and have already ‘been in touch’ with his representatives. It is speculated Guardiola has identified Hazard as his top transfer target after missing out on Alexis Sanchez in January.
According to reports the Belgian is open to a summer move however he may favour a move to Madrid.
Chelski are desperately seeking to tie the boy down but without knowing who his next coach will be, Eden may be demob happy.
8. Emre Can (Defensive Mid)
In another potential blow to the 2014 English Premier League Champions, Liverpool and shoo-ins for this year’s Champion’s League Semi Finals, could it in fact be that Emre Can could be the Man for City?
According to The Star Champions elect Manchester City are at 8/1 to sign him: “Can would link up with former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola at The Etihad. The pair worked together for a short time at the Allianz Arena before Guardiola sold him to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013. A return to Bayern can be found at 16/1, while a Liverpool stay is at odds of 12/5″.
What do you think Blues?
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