Manchester City are expected to complete a £90million double deal in the coming weeks. Pep Guardiola has already signed Ilkay Gundogan but it seems he is about to make two more big money signings.
The first of which looks set to be for Schalke winger Leroy Sane. The young German international is set to seal a £40million move to Manchester City after Euro 2016, according to The Sun. The report even goes as far as to say that a £40million has been agreed. However it seems as if the newspaper jumped the gun on this one with Schalke telling Sky Sports that no deal is in place.
“The story is incorrect, nothing has changed with Leroy Sane,” a Schalke official told German newspaper Bild. But despite the German club ruling out that a deal has been reached, it is clear that Pep has identified Sane as a possible addition to the City midfield.
Sane is just 20 years old and is in the Germany squad for this European Championships. Upon completion of that tournament it is expected that the player will seal a move away with City now favourites. Despite his tender age Sane managed 8 goals and 6 assists in 23 Bundesliga starts and 10 further substitute appearances.
As well as signing a top winger, Pep also appears to be in the market to strengthen his defence and he looks ready to spend big. Manchester United were favourites to sign Everton’s John Stones in March, but now their neighbours appears to be set to sign the young defender. But they’ll have to spend big with reports suggesting Stones will cost City a huge £50million.
A clear strength of Stones is his aerial ability, highlighted by his 67.35% success in aerial duels. He also has an impressively low fouls committed rate (just 0.45 per 90 minutes). But this lack of aggression could also highlight his weaknesses. His stats of just 1.31 tackles and 1.85 interceptions per 90 make for grim reading. Although Guardiola is searching for a ball-playing central defender, which is just what Stones is, the Englishman will have to develop a nastier side to his game to become a player that can cope with all the strikers the Premier League will throw at him. To justify his price-tag of £50million, he needs to become world class, and quick.
Pep is also thought to be heavily interested in Aymeric Laporte who looks set to leave Athletic Bilbao this summer. Alongside Stones, Laporte will help Pep create his new look defence. Despite the club previously spending big money on Nicolas Otamendi and Elaquim Mangala and captain Vincent Kompany still at the club, Pep’s priority appears to be to build his new style of football from the back with the planned additions of these two young defenders. The age of Stones and Laporte (both 22) also implies that unlike his spell in Germany, Pep may be sticking around in England for the long-term.