Manchester City Summer Transfer Window 2024

Manchester City Summer Transfer Window 2024 Analysis: Strategies, Needs, Areas for Improvement and Financial Capabilities

Performance and Areas for Improvement

Manchester City’s 2023-24 season was a rollercoaster of triumphs and near misses. The team continued its dominance in the Premier League clinching their fourth consecutive title. They also secured their first UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup adding more silverware to an already impressive collection. However, their journey in other competitions highlighted areas for improvement.

Despite their domestic success City’s quest for another Champions League title ended in disappointment. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Real Madrid losing in a penalty shootout after a 4-4 aggregate draw. Their FA Cup campaign also saw them finish as runners-up to Manchester United. The early exit from the League Cup and a third consecutive Community Shield loss to Arsenal showed that even a team as strong as City has vulnerabilities.

One major area for improvement is squad depth, particularly in the midfield. The team struggled during Rodri’s suspension revealing an over-reliance on the Spanish midfielder. Kalvin Phillips, brought in as Rodri’s understudy failed to meet expectations highlighting the need for a reliable alternative.

Transfer Strategy

Manchester City’s current transfer strategy focuses on maintaining their dominance while preparing for future challenges. The club aims to bolster its squad depth, particularly in midfield, to avoid over-reliance on key players. They also plan to offload fringe players to generate funds and make space for new signings.

The strategy aligns with both short-term and long-term goals. In the short term, City wants to retain their Premier League title and make a deeper run in the Champions League. Long-term, the club aims to stay competitive across all fronts and transition smoothly when key players leave or retire.

The Cityzen’s transfer strategy for the summer of 2024 is clear: strengthen the midfield, ensure squad depth, and prepare for the future while complying with FFP regulations. By targeting players like Bruno Guimarães and Joshua Kimmich City aims to maintain their dominance in English football and make a more profound impact in Europe. With a well-thought-out plan and substantial financial backing, City is poised to continue their reign at the top.

Squad Needs and Areas for Improvement

Defense

 Kyle Walker
Manchester City needs to find a replacement for an aging Kyle Walker (Credits: Getty)

City’s defense has been solid, but there’s always room for improvement. With Kyle Walker turning 34, a young, dynamic full-back is essential for future stability. A versatile defender who can play both centrally and on the flanks would be ideal.

Midfield

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The Sky Blues suffered a lot under Rodri’s absence and the club also hasn’t been able to find Gündoğan’s replacement post-departure (Credits: Getty)

Midfield is the most pressing area for improvement. City needs a reliable backup for Rodri and a creative midfielder to replace İlkay Gündoğan. Ensuring squad depth in this area will help maintain consistency throughout the season.

Attack

Julián Álvarez
Julián Álvarez and Kevin de Bruyne have been pivotal for City’s attack and the club needs players who can back them up to continue campaigns in their absence (Credits: Getty)

City’s attack has been formidable, but adding another versatile forward could provide more options and reduce the burden on key players. Julián Álvarez and Kevin De Bruyne have been pivotal, but an additional attacker would add more flexibility.

Bench Depth

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Despite a talented squad, The Cityzens can still improve their squad depth and challenge for more next season (Credits: X)

Enhancing bench depth is crucial for a team competing on multiple fronts. Reliable substitutes for every position will ensure that the team remains
competitive
even when dealing with injuries or suspensions.

Potential Signings

Bruno Guimarães

Bruno Guimarães
Bruno Guimarães could fill in the shoes left by Gündoğan at the Etihad (Credits: Getty)

Guimarães is a top target for City to strengthen their midfield. His ability to play both defensively and offensively makes him an ideal candidate to fill the void left by Gündoğan and support Rodri.

Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich brings versatility and experience to the table (Credits: Getty)

City has been keeping an eye on Kimmich, who could bring versatility and experience to the squad. Entering the final year of his contract at Bayern Munich, he might be available for a reasonable price.

Jeremie Frimpong

Jeremie Frimpong
Jeremie Frimpong’s versatility could help The Blues squad’s depth problem (Credits: Getty)

Frimpong, from Bayer Leverkusen, is a promising full-back who can also play in midfield. His versatility would be a significant asset for City, providing options in defense and attack.

Eberechi Eze

Ebereche Ezi
Ebereche Ezi can both score and assist and would add flair to City’s midfield (Credits: Getty)

Eze has impressed at Crystal Palace and could add creativity and flair to City’s midfield. His ability to score and assist makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Financial Capabilities

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Cancelo, Ederson and Phillip’s potential departure could open up wide space for new players in the City squad (Credits: Getty)

City has a substantial budget for transfers, thanks to their successful season and record revenues. However, they must also consider Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The club’s academy has been a significant source of income, and player sales will further boost their transfer funds.

The Blues spent £220 million last summer, and a similar budget is expected this year. While they have the financial muscle to make big signings, they will also look to balance the books through sales. Kalvin Phillips and João Cancelo are among those likely to leave potentially generating significant funds.

If Ederson chooses to move to Saudi Arabia for a lucrative contract Manchester City will gain sufficient funds from that which will also be good to balance their books. That might lead to promoting Stefan Ortega to the starting goalkeeper position. Ortega has shown strong performances over two seasons as Ederson’s backup despite his mistake in the FA Cup final.

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