With Pep Guardiola set for his second season in charge at Manchester City, the Spaniard has looked towards the summer transfer window in order to fill the gaps in his squad, with a new right-back a big priority. Kyle Walker and Dani Alves are considered favourites for the role, according to BBC Sport and Sky Sports, respectively.
Guardiola previously spent time with Dani Alves at Barcelona, in what was a very successful period for the Spanish giants. Both went on to play and manage for different clubs and Juventus, Alves’ latest side, revealed that the Brazilian has officially left the club. A statement on Juventus’ website said:
“Juventus Football Club is to part company with Dani Alves after agreeing to a termination of the player’s contract.
“Alves lifted two trophies in his single season in Turin, contributing to a third consecutive domestic league and cup double for the club before helping the team reach the UEFA Champions League final.”
Tottenham’s Kyle Walker is another player set for a move this summer, with his backup Kieran Trippier set to sign a new five-year deal, as per The Sun. Mauricio Pochettino has promised to give Trippier the chance to claim a starting spot, which is likely to see his compatriot leave.
With both men potentially available, who should City focus on signing this summer?[interaction id=”5957a3994649b4e34eade58e”]
Dani Alves was part of the Juventus side that managed to reach the Champions League final, eventually losing to Real Madrid. His performances in the European competition were particularly impressive, and in twelve appearances he managed three goals and four assists from a right-back position.
Not only was the Brazilian effective in an attacking sense but he was also a part of the formidable Juventus defence that conceded just 27 Serie A goals.
At 34, Alves is vastly experienced having played at the very top level for a very long time. However, his age may be off-putting to City, especially with the quality and speed required for the Premier League.
Kyle Walker has been a very good right-back for Tottenham, and last season he was deservedly a part of the 2016/17 team of the year, beating the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Antonio Valencia in that position.
Although the Englishman wasn’t spectacular in regards to statistics, managing five assists without scoring himself, he was an important part of the Spurs side and helped in keeping things solid at the back.
Walker, at 27, is entering the peak of his career and it seems odd that the London side seem to be letting him go. Manchester City could benefit hugely from this and Walker could resolve their issues at right-back for several years to come.
With both players linked and both set to bring their own individual qualities to City’s currently unoccupied right-back spot, Guardiola would do his side no harm by bringing Alves and Walker to the Etihad Stadium. Alves would offer short-term experience and class, while Kyle Walker could dominate the position over the coming years.
In terms of who’s a more vital signing, Walker, the younger of the Brazilian by seven years, would be a great investment. He is capable of going straight into City’s side while also able to offer energy going forward and defensively for years to come. It would sure be a statement if Walker left a rival to join Guardiola’s side.
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