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Yes, things didn’t go the way any of us wanted, but reading some of the comment pieces and interviews with anyone who has an opinion on the Blues and you’d think City were 13 points adrift at the bottom rather than five away from being crowned Premier League champions.
Balanced opinion is fine, but after three defeats on the bounce, surely a bit of perspective is needed for what has been a largely flawless campaign?
So, we’ll swerve those articles entirely in this morning’s media round-up and instead focus on one or two alleged transfer targets.
The Telegraph suggest the Blues will fine tune the squad this summer and are targeting at least three highly-rated players, though as many as SEVEN may be on the radar.
They report: “Julian Weigl (pictured below), of Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, Jorginho at Napoli and Jean-Michel Seri, who plays for Nice, are midfield targets, each of whom would cost around £40m or upwards.
“City tried and failed to buy £60m-rated Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City in January. A centre-half is considered less of a priority than a defensive midfielder and forward but City are continuing to monitor Toby Alderweireld’s situation at Tottenham among other defenders.”
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail believe the Blues will look to purchase another Brazilian star once the campaign is over.
They write: “Manchester City will move for Brazilian defender Eder Militao in the summer in a bid to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment.
“Pep Guardiola wants to make reinforcements to his already lavish squad after failing to advance past the quarter-final stage, having lost against fellow Premier League side Liverpool.
“And he has made Sao Paulo’s Militao, who has been valued at £20million, one of his primary targets.
“The 20-year-old could also reinforce Guardiola’s midfield, as he is able to play in defensive midfield.
“City will have to contend with interest from across Europe for Militao — he is a target for Portuguese giants Porto too.”
More gossip and build-up to the weekend tomorrow…
We gave it our all, but it wasn’t to be and the press have been keen to recognise both the effort and talent displayed by Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad Stadium.