All’s Quiet on the Mancunian Front

Despite all the chatter, it is turning out to be a quiet transfer window for Manchester City so far.

Normally, the English Premier League would have started in August and Manchester City would have completed their first month of football by now, but the coronavirus pandemic means that the start of the 2020/21 EPL season was pushed back by a month.

The EPL will return on 12 September. As a result, the 2020 Summer Transfer Window was also flexed, where the window will now close on 5 October.

Manchester City had a busy start to the 2020 Summer Transfer Window. Leroy Sané departed Manchester to join Bayern München. On the other end, the Sky Blues purchased Ferran Torres from Valencia and Nathan Aké from Bournemouth. These players will look to bolster City’s midfield and defense.

Following Aké’s arrival, however, things have gone quiet in Manchester. The Sky Blues did send some of their youth academy players on loan, but over the past four weeks there has been little activity with the first team.

City are rumored to be pursuing deals with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, but both opportunities have yet to come to fruition.

Due to the flexed dates of the transfer window, Manchester City still have a month to pursue additional targets, but with their first match of the 2020/21 slowly approaching on 21 September, it would be wise to tie up all of their transfer activity prior to the start of the new season.

The Sky Blues are still believed to be searching for a left back, a center back (should it not be Koulibaly), and potentially a defensive midfielder. It would be wise to pursue additional avenues while they continue to pursue Messi and Koulibaly.

Otherwise, if they are unsuccessful with their transfer for Messi and Koulibaly, the board could risk a similar situation to the 2018 Summer Transfer Window where only Riyad Mahrez was acquired after City missed out on targets such as Alexis Sánchez and Jorginho.