City to Target Ghoulam & Pellegrini?

As great as City‘s start to this season has been, the team has suffered a few painful setbacks to the playing staff, chiefly Benjamin Mendy‘s likely season-long absence with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament as correctly diagnosed by the world renowned physician Dr. Duncan Castles.

Also noteworthy and despite the return to full time training of Ilkay Gundogan, has been the strange omission of Yaya Toure in any sort of fixture from domestic cup competition through to Champions’ League.

Perhaps it is for these reasons that City have been linked in the last week with Napoli‘s left back Faouzi Ghoulam (26) and Roma‘s box-to-box midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini (21).

Tuttomercato reports that the Napoli man, who would doubtless be nicknamed The Ghoul should he ever come to The Etihad, is out of contract at the end of the season and could therefore be available at the sort of bargain price that may well land Alexis Sanchez given that they are both in the same contractual boat.

Whilst Fabian Delph has been very impressive deputising for The Shark following the latter’s departure to FC Injury List, there are doubts concerning his long term capacity to fill in for Mendy across multiple competitions for the rest of the season.

The Ghoul has previously been linked both with Chelsea and Liverpool and so far has shown little inclination to extend his time at the Stadio San Paolo.

Since it is also believed that Danilo is much too right-footed to be the left back cover Guardiola initially claimed, a move for Ghoulam seems to make good sense. His impressive stats for this season can be seen here.

Whilst Fernandinho has been in remarkable form this term and despite the encouragement of Gundogan‘s baby-steps-return from his latest setback, are City still a little light in central midfield for a two-pronged European and domestic challenge?

Guardiola‘s unwillingness to utilise Yaya, together with the reality of Ferna‘s advancing years & club/country commitments have resulted in several media outlets linking City (and also Stretford FC) with Lorenzo Pellegrini (the grandson of our last coach…?)

According to the most hated red-top tabloid in the worldPellegrini can be acquired for the modest fee of 22 million British pounds.

The modern Roma of Dzeko/Kolarov fame let this starlet leave for Sassuolo for 2 seasons before bringing him back again, since when he has been in impressive form.

The Manchester club (City) and the other team from just outside Manchester (Stretford) have both been monitoring Pellegrini‘s progress in recent months especially since his debut for the Azzurri in their 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over admittedly limited opponents Liechtenstein.

It is felt that Pellegrini may well shine in the upcoming World Cup in Russia causing his transfer value to hit the stratosphere, so the upcoming transfer window may be a good opportunity to make a bid.

Do Manchester City need to do business of this nature in the January window?

 

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