May 16, 2021

Man City want to sign five more players

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Pep Guardiola looking for defenders and replacements for David Silva and Sergio Aguero

Last Updated: 05/08/20 11:13am

Manchester City have long been linked with Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly Manchester City have long been linked with Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester City have long been linked with Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly

Manchester City are looking to sign as many as five more players during the transfer window and want their business done by the start of the new season on September 12.

The club completed a £37m deal for Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday and are expected to complete the signing of Nathan Ake later this week, after agreeing a fee of £41m with Bournemouth.

Defenders are now the priority, but deals for both a left back and a second centre half, most likely Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, are still some way off.

Further up the pitch, City face the daunting task of finding long-term replacements for two Premier League legends in David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is another on Pep Guardiola's radar Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is another on Pep Guardiola's radar

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez is another on Pep Guardiola’s radar

Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez remains the number one choice to fill the number 9 shirt, while The Athletic have reported City had enquired about the availability of Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, who has endured a difficult start following his £113m move last year from Benfica.

City’s defensive woes

Manchester City scored more goals than any other team for the third season running in the Premier League. Their total of 102 was 17 more than Liverpool but Guardiola’s team struggled at the other end.

They had conceded 12 more goals than Liverpool at matchday 31 – when Liverpool finally won title – although the Reds’ subsequent drop-off allowed them to close the gap.

Pep Guardiola's side conceded almost a goal a game in the Premier League last season Pep Guardiola's side conceded almost a goal a game in the Premier League last season

Pep Guardiola’s side conceded almost a goal a game in the Premier League last season

City’s 18-point deficit is clearly the result of weaknesses at the back. For all the flowing, attacking football, Guardiola’s side are shipping almost one goal per game – the same ratio as his inaugural season before the serious rebuild.

Summer transfer window – key dates and times

The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5.

A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on Sky Sports News and across Sky Sports‘ digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

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