Manchester City are looking for a left-back in the transfer window, but Marc Cucurella has already left.
After missing out on Brighton’s Marc Cucurella, Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City could field a few surprises at left back this season.
Chelsea is expected to sign a left-back. City had lined up for the majority of the summer after the west London club met a valuation that the Blues were unwilling to meet — meaning Txiki Begiristain must find an alternative for this window if they are to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko as planned. Joao Cancelo is currently the only senior player in that position, as well as Kyle Walker’s backup at right-back.
Guardiola has previously converted midfielders Fabian Delph and Zinchenko to left back to assist the team. When asked about the current situation, he mentioned youngster Josh Wilson-Esbrand and centre-back Nathan Ake, but also hinted at other possibilities.
“Nothing special. We are the same — Josh is there, Joao is there, Nathan can be there, and there are some surprises we can do. We will see; there are still so many days until the end of the month,” he said.
“There are a lot of players all around the world. Most of them can suit perfectly with the way the team is. At the same time, transfers are always difficult — maybe selling is more difficult than buying — but in the same time there is an idea and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. If it is not possible, it is not possible. We have the academy and we will see.”
Ilkay Gundogan breaks silence on Man City future amid contract doubts
As the new season approaches, Ilkay Gundogan insists that now is not the time to discuss his long-term future at Manchester City.
Gundogan, who joined City from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 as Pep Guardiola’s first signing, has less than a year left on his current contract, which is set to expire in June 2023. Despite this, the 31-year-old remains tight-lipped about his future, insisting, like Guardiola, that the time has come to concentrate solely on on-field matters.
“We’ll see. Right now, it’s all about getting ready for the new season…” When asked if he would stay at the Etihad Stadium longer, Gundogan responded in a Twitter Q&A.
After an injury-plagued start to life in Manchester, the German midfielder played a key role in City’s last two Premier League titles. He took advantage of City’s lack of a traditional striker in 2020/21 by making late runs into the penalty area, finishing the season as the Blues’ top league scorer with 13 goals.
Last season, he didn’t get on the scoresheet as much, but he did score the game-winning goal for City. Gundogan scored a brace after coming off the bench on the final day of the season to help City defeat Aston Villa 3-2 after falling behind 2-0.
After signing Riyad Mahrez to a new two-year contract last month, City are reportedly close to re-signing Phil Foden. Rodri is thought to be the next contract priority, so it remains to be seen whether Gundogan will be given the opportunity to stay in sky blue.