Guardiola to ring the changes at Man City? Predicted strongest XI for 2015/16

first_img Right forward – Kevin De Bruyne – Many fans were shocked when City broke their transfer record to bring the Belgian to the Etihad for around £54million from Wolfsburg. He has proved any doubters wrong with impressive performances for City in an overall disappointing campaign, netting 16 goals. He could play a key part in Guardiola’s Manchester City side. Another week, more Manchester City transfer rumours. The latest to be heavily linked with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad this summer is Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Sky reporting talks were at an advanced stage on Tuesday. It is certainly an exciting time to be a City fan, with one of the world’s most in-demand managers taking over in the next month and some of Europe’s best stars being linked with moves. Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible Man City line-up for next season, based on confirmed deals and transfer rumours. And still there was not room in our side for John Stones, David Silva and Leroy Sane, while a deal for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin seems unrealistic. Click the arrow, above right, to see the full XI, in a 4-3-3 formation and comment with your thoughts. Centre-back – Aymeric Laporte [currently at Athletic Bilbao] – The French defender is said to be one of Guardiola’s top targets, with the Mirror reporting Man City are willing to TRIPLE the 22-year-old’s wages to push through a £40m transfer. He will miss Euro 2016 after breaking his leg while playing for France’s under 21s in March. 11 Goalkeeper – Joe Hart – Guardiola may be taking over a team with England’s first-choice goalkeeper between the sticks, but he is said to be unsure about the quality of Hart’s distribution. The Catalan has previously opted for ball playing shot-stoppers, such as Manuel Neuer at Bayern and Victor Valdes at Barca. 11 11 Centre forward – Sergio Aguero – The Argentine forward is world class and one of the Premier League’s best strikers on his day. He does not fit the profile of striker Guardiola favoured at Bayern, but he is a player who simply cannot be left out when fit. Central midfield – Paul Pogba [Juventus] – What a coup this would be. One of Europe’s most sought after stars, Pogba could return to Manchester – but this time the blue half, after coming through the ranks at United. He could cost around £65million but he could play a key role in bringing the Premier League and Champions League trophies to the Etihad. 11 Centre-back – Vincent Kompany – The City captain’s injury problems over the last two years present a worry for Guardiola, but when at the top of his game, Kompany is an asset to the team as he leads from the back. Providing he can stay fit, the 30-year-old could form a solid partnership with Laporte. In his absence, City should be able to call on Nicolas Otamendi, who Guardiola will know from his La Liga days. The Argentine showcased his ability in the final months of the season, proving he can step up to the plate if Kompany is not fit. 11 Central midfield – Toni Kroos [Real Madrid] – According to the Manchester Evening news, Guardiola wants to overhaul his City engine room and former Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos is a top target. The Germany international recently lifted the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and the chance to drive Man City towards European glory, along with a bumper pay rise, may be enough to lure him away from the Bernabeu after two years. 11 11 Left-back – Gael Clichy – The former Arsenal left-back could be safe for now as Guardiola looks to strengthen other areas of the field. He has been linked with a swoop for Tottenham’s Danny Rose and his former full-back at Bayern – David Alaba – but both moves look unlikely. 11 Central midfield – Ilkay Gundogan – The 25-year-old signed from Borussia Dortmund on June 2 and he will be a key asset to the City engine room. He will not be available for selection until around October, after suffering a serious knee injury in May, ruling him out of Euro 2016 in the process. 11 11 Right-back – Bacary Sagna – The Frenchman made the right-back position his own in the 2015/16 season, edging ahead of Pablo Zabaleta in the pecking order. Sagna’s reliability and consistency should convince Guardiola to focus on strengthening elsewhere on the field. 11 Left forward – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [Borussia Dortmund] – Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that City were in advanced talks to sign the Gabon striker. The fee being reported is around £65million for a striker who scored 36 goals in all competitions for Dortmund last season. The 26-year-old Aubameyang is said to favour a move to Real Madrid, but securing his signature would undoubtedly send a statement of intent across Europe.last_img

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