What to do for City fans now that the season is over?
The champagne bottles are empty; the players and their trophy wags are off to the four corners of the earth to work on their tans and update their tattoos; and Khaldoon has recorded his annual State of the Union address.
Not much left, except to salivate at the prospect of ex-Dortmund hitman Ivan Drago in tandem with the free-scoring Aguero clone Julian Alvarez battering Rags and Dippers alike in a coupla months’ time.
Oh yeah, and of course becoming a Real Madrid supporter for one night only in hopes of lashings of schadenfreude on Saturday night in Paris, potentially to observe with glee another wheel fall off Klopp’s quad mobile.
Naturally our thoughts turn to more incomings and possible outgoings. What could happen?
Let’s examine what we know.
Ferna’s gone back to re-join Athletico Paranaense in Brazil and needs replacing. Gabby J is odds-on to move south to rejoin Arteta. Rumours abound concerning Sterling’s state of mind with only a year left on his contract. Maybe a double swoop from the man who in the words of Troopz from Arsenal fan TV: “Put out cones for Pep.”
Does Bernardo still pine for better weather? Is there any truth to the Gundogan exit gossip?
Will Mahrez be sacrificed to accommodate the new arrivals? Have we seen the last of Ben Mendy? (whose contract is up, btw).
Could Zack Steffen make way for rising City youngster Gavin Bazunu? Will Palmer and Kayky get offered renewed terms like James McAtee?
As for potential incomings, there is considerable speculation that Pep will finally spring for a specialist left back in the shape of Spongebob lookalike Marc Cucurella of Brighton. For those who don’t know, Cucurella has begun to send “come and get me” vibes to Pep in his latest public comments.
Cucurella is a fascinating development. “He is strong defensively and accomplished on the ball. He loves to get forward, crosses well and can play in a more advanced role, so it is unlikely that he would struggle to adapt to City’s attacking style” (The Guardian). A product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, the 23-year-old is clearly thrilled at the prospect of hitting the big time:
“When the opportunity arises, you must take it. There are teams you can’t say no to.”
Cucurella only joined Brighton from Getafe last summer for £16 million and the Seagulls would hope now to double that fee to let him go.
Many media scribes have it that either Kalvin Philips, Matheus Nunes or Frenkie De Jong will provide competition in midfield. (Personally, I’d have wanted Tchouameni, but it seems Real Madrid might have put the kybosh on that at the current time of writing).
It’s looking increasingly likely to be Philips but we know Pep has the hots for De Jong having tried to sign him before. It also has the advantage of being a move that would piss off United no end.
“Crucially, De Jong would be interested in the move [to City]. He wants his next club to be playing in the Champions League next season, which puts United at a disadvantage despite the Ten Hag connection. And financially, he is willing to make a sacrifice to speed up his Barcelona exit. The La Liga giants still owe him more than £6m in deferred wages, but he could walk away from that to smooth over his departure.”(teamtalk.com).
Drink it in Blooz. It’s gonna be a long summer:)