Last season’s treble winners Man City are in the midst of an unexpected crisis and could look to strengthen themselves in January.
It seemed inconceivable at the start of the season that we could be talking about a “Man City crisis,” but here we are. There is still a long way to go in the campaign, but the Cityzens currently find themselves five points off league leaders Liverpool.
After spending lavishly in the summer, Pep Guardiola’s side could once again dip into the market in January and bring in several fresh faces in a bid to lift the team. FootballTransfers takes a look at five players who could be on the move to the Etihad this month.
Kalvin Phillips is once again close to leaving City, which means that the Manchester giants could dip into the market for a midfield replacement. Douglas Luiz has been one of the standout performers this season and this has attracted Guardiola’s attention.
Though Aston Villa have no intention to sell, putting a hefty price tag on his head, the Cityzens have the financial muscle to match the astronomical demands, perhaps more so than Arsenal, who have been the Brazilian’s biggest suitors.
Guardiola loves centre-backs who can also act as full-backs and vice versa. It is no wonder then that City have been linked with a move for Arnau Martinez.
Already technically on the books at City as he plays for CFG sister club Girona, the 20-year-old has been a vital cog in the LaLiga’s stunning success this season. A right-back by trade, the wonderkid can also play centrally.
Man City are eyeing a long-term replacement for veteran Kyle Walker and have also been linked with Chelsea’sReece James. However, it’s unlikely that the Blues’ captain would leave for City, especially in January.
Unlike Martinez, the 19-year-old is a more traditional, attack-minded left-back. City have been looking at options for the left for some time, at one point considering a free transfer swoop for Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen, but the Blues eventually triggered a one-year extension in his deal.
At City, Yoro could eventually become Josko Gvardiol’s long-term partner at the heart of the defence.
The 17-year-old turns 18 in January, which means that he will be able to head to Europe in the winter, though it is likely that he will remain with River until the summer. The youngster recently made headlines with his outstanding performances at the U17 World Cup, most notably netting a hattrick against hated rivals Brazil.
City are also said to be interested in his River and Argentina teammates Agustin Ruberto and Ian Subiabre.