Manchester City have already agreed a deal to sign Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund according to German publication BILD.
They suggest a fee is yet to be finalised, but it will be around €30million, and a 5-year contract has already been agreed with the player. We previously posted about 6 potential transfer targets for Pep, and this list includes Gundogan.
Gundogan is primarily a deep lying playmaker and will anchor Pep’s midfield. He averages over 80 completed passes per game and his passing range is good, this is highlighted by his long ball tally of nearly 4 per game. He rarely contributes to goals though, so this highlights that he is most effective in deeper areas. Playing alongside the likes of David Silva, the German can afford to focus on his strengths and keep the midfield ticking.
Morata to follow?
There are now rumours that City want to rival Arsenal in the race to sign Alvaro Morata this summer. The 23-year-old’s future is up in the air at the moment and Pep is keen to replace Wilfried Bony this summer.
Although previously linked with Mauro Icardi, the Spanish striker may be a more suitable striker to play second fiddle to Aguero. Morata plays with the style that Pep likes, capable of linking midfield to attack.
Morata has 80% pass completion, very impressive for a striker. He makes 1.35 key passes and has a shot accuracy of 61%. Although he needs to score more regularly to be amongst the best, he still excels in goals scored against Bony (0.39 vs. 0.33). Morata’s shot accuracy and key passes statistics are even better than the clubs talisman, Sergio Aguero. With the ability to play on the left wing, Morata could play alongside Aguero, or act as his backup to help provide some respite and competition for the Argentinian.
Morata and Gundogan could be the first of many signings this summer for Guardiola’s new project. Both would appear to provide big improvements on the clubs current options, whilst the duo would appear to fit seamlessly into Guardiola’s style of play.