Manchester City has been instructed to allow two players to go during the January transfer window.
The winter window is often a slow month for City in terms of incomings and even outgoings. The lone addition this year was Maximo Perrone from Velez Sarsfield, and while he unexpectedly got some first-team minutes, he can’t be considered a substantial addition because he’s already gone on loan to Las Palmas.
Instead, you have to go all the way back to January 2019 to find City’s last substantial midseason addition, Aymeric Laporte, who was brought in for £60 million. The centre-back was a game-changer in defence, helping Pep Guardiola’s team win multiple championships.
So it demonstrates that business can be done in January, but the City prefers to avoid the market if possible due to its reputation for poor value for money. But you can never rule it out.
There is always the prospect of departures, and while City has a tiny squad compared to the majority of the Premier League, there may be room for departures. Fans, in fact, want two.
MEN Sport polled readers on whether they thought each player of City’s team should be sold or kept in January. A player with fewer than 50% of fans wanting them to stay was relegated to the sale pile.
Kalvin Phillips is at the bottom of the list, with only 11.7 percent of supporters wishing to keep him. Nothing has gone right for the midfielder since joining from Leeds United last year, and his playing time is still incredibly limited.
When Rodri was suspended, he couldn’t even start Premier League games, so there’s little hope for him at any other time. Phillips has conceded that he may have to depart for more action to earn his place in England’s Euro 2024 squad.
“I know I need to play games and compete every weekend.” “I’ll have to make a decision about [my future] in the coming months,” he stated in October. “Gareth just says that if I want to keep my spot, I have to play games.” That’s exactly what I intend to accomplish. On this, I agree with Gareth.
“I want to play football and play as much as I can.” I haven’t been able to do it for the last year and a half owing to injuries and [other issues]. It’s something I’ll have to think about. Hopefully, my opportunity will come, but if it does not, I will have to make other alternatives.”
Sergio Gomez is the other player on the sale list, with only 46% of the vote. The teenager has impressed in cameo appearances on the flank this season, but he is unlikely to gain a start anytime soon. Zack Steffen, City’s reserve custodian, just made it over the line with 61.8 percent.