The season has finally come to an end for City and they found themselves in unfamiliar territory after fighting to finish in the top four. City’s dip in form after the announcement of Manuel Pellegrini’s departure seemed to have an effect on the team and they certainly didn’t look like they were interested in playing at their highest level anymore – their motivation was gone. City once again finished above rivals United but incoming manager Pep Guardiola will be looking to strengthen his team and certainly create something special. We look at three players he is likely to sign as part of his special project.
1 – Ilkay Gundogan
Pep Guardiola is expected to announce Ilkay Gundogan as his first summer signing for Manchester City.
It has been widely reported for several months that a deal is likely to happen with a fee of £23 million expected to be enough to sign the German international.
A meeting has taken place between Gundogan’s agent and his uncle – Ilhan Gundogan – who was pictured talking to City sporting director Txiki Begiristain in the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam.
City have reportedly already ironed out a five-year contract for Gundogan, with the expected arrival to be announced in the summer. The deal may be in danger with a chance of it falling through if Gundogan is unable to get himself fit in time after suffering a knee injury which will rule him out of action for several months. This injury will sadly see him miss the Euros.
Although Gundogan has been unfortunate with injuries in his career, there is no secret about his ability. Gundogan’s arrival may be the end for Yaya Toure at Manchester City with the midfielder expected to leave City this summer. Toure has completed 1.51 key passes per 90 minutes compared to Gundogan’s 1.04. Gundogan does impress with passes completed after scoring a very high 88% which is 2% better than Toure (86%). Both players have bags of ability and Toure has shown that this season with the chances he has created, managing 1.70 per 90 minutes compared to Gundogan’s 1.18. The Barclays Premier League is one of the fastest and toughest leagues in the world, Toure who is 33 years-old has still oozed his athleticism this season completing 78.67% of successful take ons whilst Gundogan managed a still impressive, 69.14%.