Something extraordinary is happening: it seems that Manchester City could buy a player in the January transfer market.
The latest reports suggest that City are close to closing a deal for Argentine striker Julián Álvarez. The 21-year-old is one of South America’s most promising talents and would likely join the Blues next season.
Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain don’t usually make signings at this point in the season, with Aymeric Laporte being the most recent piece of significant business in January 2018.
So what else could City do before deadline? To who The city is ourwe try to predict how it could turn out next week…
Feed the Goat (transfer exclusives)
City hero Shaun Goater has recently been busy playing the role of City’s (not-so-) secret agent, hinting on Twitter that the club are close to bringing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to the Etihad Stadium.
Goater is obviously laughing, but it’s interesting that he starred alongside Haaland’s dad in Maine Road.
Alf-Inge Haaland has played a key role in his son’s transfers and contract negotiations to date, so close contact with him could be a way in.
The problem is that the Goat doesn’t seem to be the most subtle agent. We think Alfie probably already blocked him on WhatsApp, sick of getting 10 messages a day about how his boy could be the ‘next Shaun Goater’.
Are you online, Julian?
Álvarez looks set to become the first Argentine to play for City since Sergio Agüero left last summer. Everyone is going to be excited when he finally dons the sky blue jersey, not least Aguero himself.
Since retiring from football in December, there have been rumors that Aguero will become a City ambassador. Even if he doesn’t, we’re sure he’ll be willing to spread the gospel of the blues to his millions of Twitch followers.
While Kun is an Independiente boy at heart, he will no doubt have been aware of Álvarez’s goalscoring exploits for River Plate. We’d be surprised if he didn’t tell his viewers all about the young prodigy, or even invite him to a broadcast himself!
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The transfer window means one thing; endless, endless reports linking City to numerous FC Barcelona players.
Over the past two years, the likes of Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Ousmane Dembele have been rumored to be on City’s radar, and we expect more of the same over the next week.
Barca’s exciting crop of youngsters will surely be involved; Who wouldn’t want to sign Pedri, Gavi or Nico González?
But perhaps things will go even further. Could tapas become a regular part-time fixture on the Etihad Stadium concourse? Will City add Barça to the City Football Group portfolio?
Given that it is still under construction after 139 years, perhaps Khaldoon Al Mubarak will send the Sagrada Familia, just to make Guardiola feel a little more at home.
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City will sign all the left backs in the world
With Theo Hernandez set to sign a new contract at AC Milan, City have lost another left-back with whom they have been continuously linked for the last five years.
The truth is that City don’t even need a new left-back, not with Joao Cancelo doing his thing.
But enough is enough. To end the cycle of rumors and conjecture, City should buy and field a squad of 11 left-backs. Alphonso Davies on the wing, Nuno Mendes up front and of course Comoros hero Chaker Alhadhur in net.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.