When you’re the Premier League champions, it’s difficult to improve on perfection.
That might go some way in explaining the lack of transfer activity at Manchester City this summer.
Pep Guardiola has made just one addition, the marquee signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
Touted as ‘the next Sergio Busquets’ the Spaniard will provide cover and competition for Fernandinho in the City midfield.
However, with Vincent Kompany departing, Man City could be in the market for some defensive cover before the end of the window.
With the new Premier League season roughly four weeks away, SkyBet have priced up who they reckon could be set for a move to Old Trafford before the window slams shut.
Of course, odds are correct at the time of writing.
Ben Chilwell– 6/4
Despite Oleksandr Zinchenko signing a new contract, many feel that City could bolster their left-back options this summer.
The Ukrainian international established himself as a competent deputy for Benjamin Mendy last season, who once again struggled with injuries.
Chilwell has been linked with a move to the Etihad for some time, with Guardiola thought to be a huge admirer of the Englishman.
With odds at 6/4, the bookmakers clearly think it’s quite likely City could reignite their interest in Chilwell before the window shuts but it’s important to stress MEN Sport think this will not happen as City are happy with their options.
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Harry Maguire – 3/1
Despite interest from city rivals Manchester United, City are still believed to have Harry Maguire on their radar.
Although United are still huge favourites to sign the Englishman (1/4), the bookies still believe there’s an outside chance of him signing for the champions.
With only John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi as senior centre-back options, it’s quite reasonable to think Guardiola may want another defender before the new season starts.
Isco – 5/1
As if City don’t boast enough attacking talent, they’re now being linked with a move for Isco.
The Spaniard struggled for regular game time last season and with the arrival of Eden Hazard and emergence of Vinicius Junior, his future at Real Madrid is in doubt.
With David Silva set to leave the champions next summer, Isco could be seen as a ready-made replacement to step into the breach.
However, given Phil Foden’s development and the performances of Bernardo Silva, City are very well stocked in that area.
James Maddison – 14/1
The length of Maddison’s odds highlights the lack of speculation around City’s transfer business.
Unlike Manchester United, who have adopted a scatter-gun approach, Guardiola knows exactly who he wants to strengthen his squad.
Once again, United are favourites for Maddison’s signature (4/7), but City are still outsiders to make a move, the bookies feel.
However, just like with Isco, Guardiola’s men are well stacked with attacking midfielders, making a move unlikely.
Ruben Neves – 16/1
Despite completing the signing of Rodri, some feel that City could still pursue a move for Ruben Neves.
The Portuguese deep-lying midfielder would surely operate in the same role as Rodri and Fernandinho, hence his high odds at 16/1.
Still, it seems a matter of time before one of Europe’s big guns bid for Neves, given his potential.
Guardiola could see him as one for the future, given Fernandinho’s age.