Chelsea and Manchester City will look to sign a mutual target by competing for the services of a multifaceted player in the transfer window.
With Liverpool now having won the Premier League, the die seems to have been cast on the English top-flight. Manchester City are expected to finish as runners-up whereas Chelsea could go third if Leicester City slip. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are among clubs looking to take advantage of potentially a fifth-placed team being allowed in the UEFA Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s men are expected to go all-out for the league title next season as they potentially stare at an absence from the European competitions. The Citizens however need to make major overhauling at the back as they’ve visibly struggled this season after no effort was made to replace Vincent Kompany.
Aymeric Laporte suffering a long-term injury made things worse for the Spanish boss as Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones were both substandard as was Fernandinho. Having said that, the Sky Blues have been linked with transfers for the likes of David Alaba, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Daily Mail claims that Man City will now compete with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea for Bournemouth central defender Nathan Ake, the latest addition to their wish-list. The west Londoners are eyeing their own revamp as they look to realistically contend for the four trophies at stake ahead of the next year.
Nathan Ake has been valued at 40 million pounds, an evaluation that could considerably drop should the Cherries relegate into the second division. While the Blues vesting their interest in signing the Englishman makes sense, it’s a bid absurd to see City going for him given their financial leverage as well as lack of spending over the last one year.
Chelsea will benefit from signing Nathan Ake who would be a cut-price recruit for them. A part-time left back too, Lampard’s side cannot afford to blow money extensively having already spent on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner through its nose. In that regard, the former player’s return at a reasonable price could be a blessing given his versatility.
On the flipside, Manchester City should flex its financial muscle and go for the likes of Koulibaly or Alaba. The Senegalese doesn’t need much of a description as his quality is supreme in the market and several other European clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United have shown interest in signing him.
Bayern Munich’s multidimensional David Alaba would be a great arrival. He has been thinking of a move abroad after spending a considerable time in Germany, so if a transfer for Leroy Sane is agreed, the Austria international may head to the Etihad Stadium in a swap deal that would be a win-win situation for Pep Guardiola.
Leroy Sane, a player who has decided against renewing his contract which is in its final year will go to another club whereas Khaldoon Al Mubarak will be able to provide the former Barcelona gaffer with a perfect player, capable of deputizing in Benjamin Mendy’s role at left-back as well as a left central defender’s position besides providing free-kick prowess.