Pep Guardiola’s problems are about to come to an end with Manchester City’s board finally allocating funds to him for new signings. Manchester City side have been affected with injuries in their squad this season and this situation has eaten deep into the squad that they lost against Wolves in their last outing.
The Premier League champion have had a staggering start of the season and defending their title seems to be hard right now with them trailing behind their rival who tops the table with 24 points.
The problem with the Manchester City’s squad currently can be said to be due to injuries in the team’s defense which has led to settling for the available options – in City’s case, a holding midfielder playing central defense and Nicholas Otamendi who hasn’t been in his best form.
Manchester City have been unlucky with injuries and it has really shown in their game play that they did not make plans for such circumstances should they arise. With John Stone and Aymeric Laporte out due to injury, Pep Guardiola has had no other option than to settle for Fernandinho in centre back, a move which has shown how much of a bad idea it was in their last game.
Following Vincent Kompany’s retirement, the club was supposed to have signed a replacement. Pep Guardiola had gone after Harry Maguire but backed out of the deal because they refused to pay the £80m asking price for the England international.
Now, it has become obvious that bringing in a defender that can actually strengthen the defense is a pressing issue as other clubs will capitalize on the weakness of the Manchester City squad like Wolves did, running circles around the not so solid defense and making it look like a circus of clowns.
Who will the club be bringing in?
Rumors have been flying around on who the club might bring in and as it is, we can just take it as the rumor that it is. Metro UK reported that the club had been in talk with Benfica centre-back, Ruben Dias but the deal might not be going through due to the £79m demand of the Portuguese club for the defender.
Needless to say that Manchester City has been operating under the financial fair play policy and will not be throwing money at their problems as many would expect them to do. This might pose a little bit of problem for the club as they are in urgent need of players to fill the void left in their squad.
Also on Manchester City’s radar is 28-year-old Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly. Although as it is, the Senegalese might not look like a viable option seeing as City will have to break the bank to bring him in.
Guardiola has also been impressed with Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu this season but the Foxes would not entertain bids in January and are notoriously difficult to negotiate with.
City’s options are many but tiny obstacles prevents the team from bringing them in. They might have to tighten up on their negotiation for them to successfully bring in players in January. That is also not their only problem right now, they have the 17-man limit on foreign players in their Premier League squad to deal with.
How will City handle the 17-man limit?
As much as this seem to look like a big roadblock for the club, it’s easy what they have to do in January.
For them to be able to bring in non-British players over the age of 21 this January, they’ll have to offload a non-homegrown player in order find room for a new addition to their squad.
The 17-man limit is the FA’s way to give chance to young English players to break into the top flight league and for Manchester City to be able to break it, they just need to offload the rusty players and bring in new ones that can actually add value to the squad.
Manchester City’s problems doesn’t look critical just yet but they shouldn’t have to wait till that point before they start making the necessary moves.
Despite the obstacles ahead, Pep Guardiola seems to be open to adding to his squad and looks like he would be going for long-term targets when the opportunity present itself.