Talk of incoming transfers is beginning to intensify, particularly with City’s form being so poor. It struck me the other day that our last world-class attacking signing came in 2011 when Sergio Aguero arrived from Atletico Madrid. Stevan Jovetic has the potential to be a world-beater, but, as yet, injuries are holding him back, and Alvaro Negredo came and went and was hit-and-miss during his one season at the club.
There’s a definite case of stagnation in this squad at the moment but Manuel Pellegrini can turn it around. I like him, and I like his approach, and he deserves more recognition for what was a fantastic campaign last season. It was the first time we’ve won two trophies in a year since 1970. I respect him greatly for delivering that, particularly when you consider he inherited a pretty dispirited squad.
However, he could do with a world-class attacking player to reinvigorate City’s attacking play, the kind capable of going to become one of the very best in the world. There are a load of candidates, but top of the list, surely, is Marco Reus, the Borussia Dortmund winger thought to have a £19.5 million release clause in his current contract.
The pace and directness he brings, as well as his versatility, makes him almost a dead-cert to lift City and bring a new dimension to their attack. FFP restriction meant the club couldn’t compete for the signature of Angel Di Maria when he left Real Madrid for Manchester United in the summer, despite it being fairly obvious from Pellegrini’s responses when asked about the Argentine that he would have been keen to take him, but Reus could offer similar qualities at a much-reduced price. City have some money to play with after a summer window which saw them receive decent fees for outgoing players for the first time since the money came in, and with the possibility of FFP sanctions being relaxed if the club comply this time around, money will be less of an obstacle this summer. Add to that £25 million City will net once Negredo’s permanent departure is rubber-stamped, and it would hardly be a surprise if City spent fairly big this summer.
Reus was named German Footballer of the Year 2012 after scoring 18 goals for Dortmund, and went on to be named in the UEFA Team of the Year 12 months later. He is now considered to be one of the stars of German football and a player capable of becoming one Europe’s elite. He’s a dead-ball specialist and an all-round technically gifted player. At 25, his next move will be an important one, and City need to make sure they are leading the way in the hunt for his signature.
Written by Rob Pollard