Pep Guardiola gave striker boost as former Man City favorite when Florentino Perez got rejected

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Pep Guardiola’s team could score 10 goals every single game until the end of the season and we would still be sitting here listening to how they will solve their ‘striker problems’.

City have been linked with a number of Europe’s top frontrunners in recent months, and their search appears to have picked up.

With so many mega-money arrivals, it’s sometimes easy to forget some of the great work done in the City youth set-up, and two of the club’s academy graduates have received some very contrasting news …

Arsenal’s Vlahovic chase hits the buffs

Dusan Vlahovic was linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium towards the end of the summer window following his astonishing 21-goal move in 37 Serie A matches for Fiorentina last season.

He has continued his fine goal-scoring form this season, having already achieved double figures in all competitions, although Arsenal appeared to have emerged as frontrunners in the race to buy him. Well, not anymore.

Fabrizio Romano reports that there are no ongoing talks between the Gunners’ board and Vlahovic’s representatives, and it was even reported recently that the Serb’s agent ignored calls from the London club.

I would have been a little wary that City had an approach to Vlahovic solely on the basis of a good season, but his fine form at the start of the current campaign has thwarted such a theory.

Fiorentina are still demanding between € 70/80 million (£ 60 / 68.5 million) for the 21-year-old striker, but with less than two years left on his contract, they are not in a position to claim such a high. fee .

If City can push the price down a bit, he seems like an excellent signing.

Tommy Doyle set on extended loan?

While Guardiola shocked a lot of people – you know, the mob that was desperate for Phil Foden to play in the Championship someday – by deciding not to send people like Cole Palmer, James McAtee and Liam Delap out on loan this summer was a man who was sent out on a temporary move Tommy Doyle.

The 20-year-old signed a one-year loan deal with The Bundesliga kit Hamburg and already has a goal and an assist on his name despite having played a total of just 71 minutes across five league games.

Doyle obviously impresses out in Germany and Abendblatt HSV reports that Hamburg is already committed to securing the young man’s services next season as well.

I’m totally keen on young people getting the chance to play first team football on a regular basis, and despite not having started for Hamburg yet, it’s clear that Doyle is slowly becoming integrated into the team and could become a key player for them. season.



Tommy Doyle looks set to extend his loan deal in Hamburg

However, any decision on where Doyle will play his football in 2022/23 should be made much later in the campaign.

Guardiola has clearly been keen to give youngsters a chance to impress this season and has even filled some of his Champions League benches with young talent.

If Doyle continues to impress, there is a chance he could get minutes in the City senior setup next season, especially if veteran captain Fernandinho leaves at the end of his contract. It would be better for his development than another year in the German second row (if Hamburg is not promoted, of course!).

Real Madrid are not interested in the return of Brahim Diaz

Brahim Diaz was once tipped for big things at City before being sold to Real Madrid for a fee of around £ 15 million.

The Spanish national team player has yet to really get his chance with Los Blancos, and after spending last season with AC Milan, he has recently signed a new two-year loan deal with the Italian team.

His form in the early season with Rossoneri has been very impressive, with three goals and an assist in eight Serie A matches, but Marca reports that Real Madrid are not interested in recalling the young player.

Diaz’s loan transfer includes an opportunity to buy, and it looks like his career in the Spanish capital is over before it really began.



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It’s a shame to see a player like Diaz drift between clubs because he clearly has a lot of talent.

After a decent, if not spectacular first year with AC Milan, he looks to really find his feet this season and may be announcing himself on the European stage.

It’s easy to forget that Diaz is still only 22 and he may very well continue to be a player City regrets having let go of.

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