Manchester City’s failure in the transfer window has been epitomised by failing to sign Lionel Messi , Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane. Messi and Ronaldo are two of the best players of this generation and throwing further salt onto the wound Ronaldo returned to their rivals Manchester United. Messi ended up at Paris Saint Germain to play with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Kane ended up staying with Tottenham Hotspur and ultimately Manchester City failed to find a replacement for Sergio Aguero.
Manchester City’s Failure in Summer Transfer Window Continues
Ronaldo Transfer Collapse
All Manchester City had to do was give Juventus £30 million and Gabriel Jesus but Pep Guardiola wanted Jesus to stay and refused the offer. Without a doubt, a baffling decision to keep an average player in Jesus rather than getting Ronaldo with whom they would have been just behind PSG as favorites to win the Champions League. According to Pedro Almedia, Guardiola did not want Ronaldo at Manchester City and it seems that Pep prefers to be the main man – his ego is huge. It is the only reasonable argument as to why he would pass up on both Ronaldo and Messi.
Ronaldo is near the end of his career but his productivity has not dropped. Guardiola has failed to win the Champions League with Manchester City and Ronaldo would have skyrocketed his chances. In addition, Ronaldo had 60 goals in his last two seasons at Juventus, is a five time Champions League winner but now there is a real possibility that Manchester United may finish better in the Premier League and go further in the Champions League. Chelsea, who beat Manchester City three times last season, have acquired Romelu Lukaku and City did not counter. Playing with a false nine will not win you the Champions League.
Kane’s Difficult Situation
Daniel Levy, the chairman of Tottenham was not going to give Kane to Manchester City unless they gave Tottenham 160 million euros. Manchester City offered deals from 120-150 million euros but Levy was bent on 160 million or no deal. Kane wanted to leave Tottenham and did show up for multiple training sessions leading to criticism by the media for acting unprofessionally. However, after Kane stayed he tweeted his appreciation for the fan support and his 100 percent commitment to Tottenham this season. One of the reasons Manchester City wanted Kane was his relationship with Raheem Sterling. Moreover, Manchester City would have hoped Kane’s presence would make Sterling return to form with another being to sign one of the best goalscorers in the Premier League and Europe.
Messi Chooses PSG
Guardiola had a close relationship with Messi during his time at Barcelona and he had a chance to get him on a free transfer. Barcelona were not able to renew Messi’s contract because of the economic crisis the club is in and they needed his wages off the bill to comply with financial fair play regulations. Guardiola and the Manchester City board were not aggressive enough in going after Messi who consequently joined PSG who are starting to look invincible in offense and defense with the world class players they have at their disposal. Don’t be shocked if PSG go on to win back to back Champions League titles. Manchester City will play PSG twice in the Champions League group stage seeing reunited with a player he once managed but will likely not manage again.
All in all it has been a miserable transfer window.
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