Manchester City, the treble winners of the 22/23 season, are actively seeking to reinforce their squad for the upcoming season. Pep Guardiola, the City boss, aims to defend their titles by making strategic signings.
The future of Kyle Walker has been uncertain, and City is prepared to let him go, attracting interest from clubs such as Aston Villa, Bayern Munich, and Sheffield United. In light of this, City has set its sights on signing Paris Saint Germain’s talented full-back, Achraf Hakimi, and is willing to make a significant transfer investment to secure his services.
City’s Pursuit of Achraf Hakimi
City’s interest in Achraf Hakimi stems from his impressive performances, particularly during Morocco’s remarkable run to the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Spanish news outlet Marca has reported that City is determined to acquire Hakimi and is prepared to pay a substantial transfer fee for the Moroccan’s signature. Additionally, Mundo Deportivo suggests that Hakimi himself desires to leave the Parc des Princes due to concerns about the environment and atmosphere surrounding PSG.
While Hakimi remains City’s primary target, there have been other players linked to the club, such as Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic. However, City is also facing the departure of their captain, Ilkay Gundogan, as he is expected to join Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga once his contract expires at the end of June.
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Guardiola’s Ambitions and Warning
After securing City’s first-ever Champions League title, Guardiola has expressed his ambition to surpass Real Madrid’s record of 14 tournament victories. Guardiola sends a warning to Real Madrid, stating that City is on their trail, just 13 titles behind. He emphasizes that any slip-up by Real Madrid could lead to City catching up to them.
Manchester City is positioned as the strong favourites in their pursuit of all four major trophies in the upcoming season, aiming to achieve an unprecedented quadruple. As they seek to strengthen their squad, City’s interest in signing Achraf Hakimi highlights their determination to maintain their success.
The potential departure of Kyle Walker further emphasizes the need for a quality full-back, making Hakimi an attractive target for Guardiola’s team.