January Window Shopping: 5 Players On Pep's Wish List?
Pep Guardiola spent close to £150million in summer transfer fees, but with only weeks away until the 2017 January transfer window opens for business its highly likely the Manchester City boss will be asking for the clubs chequebook, again.
Pep is well aware of fragilities within the defensive area and most of us are confident he'll be looking to strengthen within the midfield positions as well. However, buying class players in January can always be daunting. The price is often overinflated and of course, those who are worth their salt are more than likely going to be cup-tied. Nevertheless, there is no harm in window-shopping.
Already in the bag.
Bought for £28m in the summer the highly rated striker will join up with City from Palmeiras as soon as the Brazilian league concludes. Expect to see Jesus at the Etihad in January.
Gabriel Jesus does so well to beat MCFC's Otamendi to the ball, with his back turned to goal then raises his head to set up Neymar.
Our new jewel.
Gabriel Jesus does so well to beat Otamendi to the ball, with his back turned to goal then raises his head to set up Neymar.— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats2) November 11, 2016
Our new jewel. pic.twitter.com/QVMn4JqHNs
In early October, The Times claimed Hector Bellerin was weighing up his options and could reject a new deal with Arsenal, with his current contract expiring in 2019.Could the 21-year-old full-back excel in Guardiola's system?
If it's confirmed and Hector Bellerin is out for a month with injury then the curse of November really is on. pic.twitter.com/nQrsZHVqz5— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) November 10, 2016
So far this season, Bellerin has completed 84.9 per cent of the 51 passes that he has attempted per game with opposition only able to dribble past him 0.7 times per game.
The Sun have linked Manchester City with a £40m move for Bayern Munich's David Alaba. The 24-year-old can play in numerous positions, including the defensive area.
David has previously worked with Guardiola and the Spaniard is credited with turning the left-back into a well-rounded footballer.
Watch what happens when @David_Alaba gets nutmegged in training.
The opposition managed to dribble past him 0.5 times in a game while the Austrian makes 1.8 tackles and 2.3 interceptions - an impressive array of stats given he's played a variety of roles for the German champions.
According to the Mirror Pep remains keen on Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, who is valued at £60m by his club.
So, about those Leonardo Bonucci transfer rumours 👀 pic.twitter.com/wJbM9evOha— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) November 7, 2016
Borussia Dortmund's £50m-rated striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly been on Peps wanted list for a while.
Now that`s more like it from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VYuVT3BHHB— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) November 6, 2016
The Sun say Manchester City had a bid in excess of £34million rejected for Monaco's 17-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, and despite only playing 14 senior games, he will again be a January target.
Kylian Mbappe in action.
Kylian Mbappé (17) low on mins this season, but he's been great. We don't say this lightly - potential world-beater. pic.twitter.com/xb6aBckH2K— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) November 6, 2016
Kylian Mbappé (17) vs Nancy:— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) November 6, 2016
26 minutes played
100% pass accuracy
1 chance created
Cameo prince. pic.twitter.com/rE6E1TcmSU
Top 5 Full Back Targets
City are desperate to bring in some new faces at full back soon - who are the names most likely to move to Manchester?
Paul from Blue Moon Rising TV explains.
Can we expect any of the above named players playing for Pep when the January window closes?
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