The supporters of Manchester City will get to welcome back their global champions in less than a day.
The Blues may not get their desired homecoming, but the travelling supporters may still celebrate their heroes by going to Everton. But City’s promotion back to the Premier League represents more than just a commemoration of their success in the Club World Cup.
With just two wins in the league since the start of November, City will be looking to get back to its best in the top division. The announcement of a new signing will boost confidence even more on the eve of their matchup with the Toffees.
Midfielder to be signed by Man City
The goal of City during the January transfer window is to raid River Plate once more.
The Blues are nearing completion on a deal to sign midfielder Claudio Echeverri for a similar amount, two years after they signed Julian Alvarez for £14 million. The 17-year-old, who is now leading River to second place in the league, made his professional debut in addition to captaining Argentina in the Under-17 World Cup last month.
If a deal is reached in January, City is unlikely to bring Echeverri to the Etihad right away. It is more likely that he will remain at River and continue to grow there, much like Alvarez did, although there may be room for another transfer.
Guardiola responds to sceptics
Guardiola acknowledged that he would be viewed as a “zero” if City were to lose the Premier League title this year, but he also stated that he is enjoying the questions that surround his team before they resume domestic play.
The City manager, who had applauded similar efforts while his club was winning, also delivered a biting critique to those who were now writing City off, accusing them of being fixated on outcomes and blind to the greater picture. The Blues are currently outside of the top four ahead of their trip to Everton on Wednesday. The team was named world champions in Jeddah last week, but while in the Middle East, they missed a round of domestic play.