Man City need a goalkeeper, left-back, right-back, centre-back and defensive midfielder. What they don’t need is a diminutive technical attacking midfielder.
But that hasn’t stopped City closing in on a deal for Monaco’s Bernardo Silva in what will be a club record deal, according to Goal.
The 22-year-old will cost City £60million, exceeding the £54mil they shelled out for Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg.
As well as signing a very good footballer, City fans will take pleasure in the fact Silva was reportedly one of Jose Mourinho’s main transfer targets this summer.
Quite where he’ll fit in at City is another question but, knowing Pep Guardiola, he’ll probably end up as an inverted sweeper.
Silva has scored ten goals and assisted a further ten this season as part of Monaco’s title winning side.
He arrived at Monaco via Benfica after the Portuguese side tried to convince him to play left-back.
Silva wasn’t a part of Portugal’s Euro 2014 winning squad but has since established himself as an important part of the national side, picking up 12 caps.
Guardiola now has an enviable collection of playmakers, with Silva joining De Bruyne and David Silva as the players responsible for supplying Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero.
But City’s output is unlikely to stop there, especially after Will Caballero, Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy were all allowed to leave.
Let’s hope City’s fax machine is up to the task.