Less than a week after the controversial “acquittal” of Manchester City on the CAS, the English club is already looking for reinforcements for next season. Meanwhile, there has been a lot of criticism, inclusively by great Premier League managers. It seems like the club is becoming the number 1 enemy there…
CITY: NEXT STEP IS TO INVEST ON REINFORCEMENTS
Until a couple of weeks ago, the situation was very complicated for Manchester City, since the club was practically ruled out from the next edition of the Champions League. That way, money for signing new players was something almost ruled out at the club for next season.
But the situation was worse than that, since besides not having that many resources to hire, the club could lose some important players, who wouldn’t feel valued without playing the biggest club competition of the continent.
Now, with the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sports, Manchester City will be able to spend the money that made them strong and go out to the market looking for reinforcements for their roster.
According to the newspaper Daily Mirror, in England, the club is eyeing a list of players as potential reinforcements for next season.
The first one is a well-valued striker in the European scene: Lautaro Martinez. The Argentinian attacker from Inter Milan was already desired by Barcelona, but they were unable to take him away from the Italian club, that demanded 109 million euros for his transfer.
Another reinforcement for the offensive sector would be Valencia’s attacking midfielder Ferrán Torres. The player is considered one of the great promises of Spanish football, since he is only 20 years old.
Torres would be a replacement for the departure of the attacker Leroy Sané that was transferred to Bayern. People are estimating that his market value is around 45 million euros.
REINFORCING THE DEFENCE
The defence is an area that worries Pep Guardiola and the commander would have to bring in reinforcements for this sector as well. One of the names desired by the Citizens is from the full back/defender from Bayern, David Alaba.
Alaba was always a very valued full back in Europe, being a starter for the German national team but he was moved to central defender with the arrival of Bayern’s new manager.
That really pleases Pep Guardiola, who likes versatile players and who are great at circulating the ball. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see him utilizing Alaba in the midfield.
To close out the set of reinforcements, the central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, from Napoli, is also wanted by Guardiola. The player has been making a good season for Napoli, gaining value for a defence with a strong enforcement, and that pleases the manager from the English club.
In only 4 reinforcements, Manchester City could spend more than 200 million euros. It’s easy to understand why people are outraged with the fact they were only punished with a fee of 10 million euros this week.
CITY’S PUNISHMENT IS STILL A HOT TOPIC IN ENGLAND
This week, City heard the decision regarding their exclusion from the next Champions League, which was withdrawn by the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Instead of that exclusion, they were only fined for 10 million euros (which was lowered from 30, that was the original value imposed by UEFA).
A lot of people are still criticizing the decision that was made, inclusively important people from the English scene. José Mourinho, Tottenham’s manager, didn’t hold back at all:
“It’s a shameful decision. If you’re not guilty, you should not be fined. If you’re guilty, fining you is also embarrassing, you should be banned from the competition”.
Jurgen Klopp, manager of the English champions Liverpool also didn’t shy away from the controversy. When asked about what he thought about the situation, the German went straight to the point: “[…] But I don’t think that yesterday was a good day for football. Financial fair play is a good idea. It exists to protect the clubs and the competition so that nobody spends too much.”
Klopp previously mentioned that he was happy that City would be participating in the Champions League because he said it would be hard to compete with them in the Premier League if they had 12 less matches to play during the season.
On the other hand, he still criticized the lack of commitment with the financial fair play and how it will be discredited.
Manchester City benefited from it and showed that money can buy practically everything. Besides ignoring the financial fair play and still taking part in the Champions League as a “gift”, now they show that they’re doing it again.
They are going to buy players because they have a lot of money and no one will do absolutely nothing against it. Now, the loophole was exposed, and it will be exploited by many…