Manchester City, who finished 3rd in the Premier League behind Chelsea & Tottenham, had a disappointing start to Pep Guardiola’s inaugural campaign as manager. Fear not City fans he’s wasting no time overhauling your roster. City has already confirmed that Pablo Zabaletta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero all will be moving on from the club this summer; Nolito’s future is in doubt as well. Man City has also made the first official signing of the summer transfer window snagging French Ligue 1 champs AS Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva for a reported £43.5 million.
Silva had his best season for AS Monaco – which outperformed all expectations this season making it to the Champions League Semifinals before losing to Real Madrid. In 37 games in Ligue 1 this season Silva contributed 8 goals and 9 assists. His natural position is a right midfielder/winger role but think of him as a David Silva 2.0 meaning he works well in tight spaces and can make that critical pass to start the counter attack.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, City are rumored to be spending somewhere in the ballpark of £200 million this offseason. Other transfer rumors include signing Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from SL Benfica in Portugal. I believe this rumor has just been confirmed and the cost is in the ballpark of £35 million for the 23 year old. The starting goalkeeper spot was open due to Claudio Bravo’s train wreck of a season and Caballero (a back-up at best) is leaving the club. Oh yeah Joe Hart is returning from his loan from Torino but my guess is that Hart won’t be wearing City blue for long, he’ll find his way onto another Premier League squad. Tottenham right back Kyle Walker and AS Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy are all on Pep’s shopping list as well. Let’s not forget Southampton center back Virgil Van Dijk who also has been rumored to many of the top flight clubs in England for a hefty price tag.
Across town Manchester United will be loud and furious in the transfer window as well. Most notably the rumors and chatter involving Antoine Griezmann refuse to die down. With Zlatan injured and expected to miss months, we can’t assume he will be back in Manchester United red. The striker position is wide open and Griezmann would be a perfect fit. However a huge wrench has been thrown into those plans as Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban has been upheld meaning they can’t sign anyone until the January transfer window. This has huge implications for not only Atletico Madrid but all of Europe. It looks more than ever that Antoine Griezmann will remain at Atletico Madrid at least until January and Manchester United will need to begin their search elsewhere.
- If Atletico Madrid were to sell Antoine Griezmann they would have no way to replace him – they can’t do this as they look to compete in La Liga and progress in the Champions League
- If Chelsea want to move on from Diego Costa the only suitor he’d consider (allegedly) is a return to Atletico Madrid which is now an impossibility. The Blues will either need to keep Costa or find another suitor which he’d entertain
- The prime replacement for Griezmann was going to by Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette who is looking to leave the Ligue 1 for greener pastures. If he’s not going to Atletico then where will he go next? Now teams like Liverpool and Arsenal become much more relevant.