Man City may have to ditch transfer philosophy to keep Al Mubarak promise
Manchester City want a striker to replace Sergio Aguero this summer, but it doesn’t come cheap.
It was a rare statement of intent in the Manchester City hierarchy and one that has now certainly raised high expectations.
Pep Guardiola had previously claimed that it would be “impossible” for City to do so, but in his end-of-season interview chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak made it clear that the club would do anything for a replacement for Sergio Aguero this summer.
“We are losing a very important legend in Sergio Aguero, very difficult shoes to fill, but I am convinced that we will find the right player to fill these shoes,” he said. “There are other areas within the team that obviously need investment, not too much, it’s not about numbers.
“It’s about quality and the team are a phenomenal team. You don’t win the Premier League and reach the Champions League final if you don’t have an amazing team and we have it. . We will bring quality to the team in a few key positions. “
The only problem is that quality, especially Aguero quality, is everything these days. The kind of transfer fees that City tend to avoid.
Despite being one of the richest clubs in the world and undoubtedly having the funds to pay obscene amounts of money to players, City have largely refrained from getting involved in the most great transfer battle over the years.
The Blues have broken their transfer records over the past three consecutive seasons with the arrival of Riyad Mahrez, Rodri and then Ruben Dias, but those fees peak at around £ 63million.
That figure is overshadowed by their Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all repeatedly spending between £ 70m and £ 90m on players.
That’s not to say that City themselves haven’t spent the money, they certainly have, but the strategy tends to be to spend a little less on multiple players rather than going all-in on one.
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When the club were on the hunt for a replacement for Vincent Kompany in 2019, Harry Maguire was at the top of the list, but they walked away from the deal when it became clear Leicester City would not cut its price by 80 million pounds sterling.
Negotiations went in a similar direction with Napoli when they suddenly raised Jorginho’s price.
City have shown on several occasions that they are ready to abandon their goals if the prices get ridiculous and it is a philosophy that has served them well over the years. They may have struggled for a season without a replacement for Kompany, but this year of struggles may have been worth it to get Ruben Dias in the end.