Guardiola Identifies Bayern Munich’s Musiala as Primary Transfer Target for Manchester City

  • Manchester City target Musiala
  • Bayern expected to demand huge fee to release the 21 year old
  • Other targets include Eberechi Eze and Lucas Paquetá

Manchester City is gearing up for a significant summer transfer move, with reports indicating their interest in signing Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala. Pep Guardiola is keen to bolster his options in attacking midfield, with Musiala emerging as his primary target.


However, Bayern Munich is unlikely to let go of the talented Germany international easily, as he still has two years left on his contract. The Bundesliga side may deter potential suitors by demanding a hefty transfer fee. Musiala, aged 21, has showcased versatility in various attacking positions since departing Chelsea five years ago and has become a key figure for Bayern Munich.


This summer is expected to be pivotal for Bayern, following the end of their remarkable run of 11 consecutive league titles, which was halted by Bayer Leverkusen. With Thomas Tuchel set to depart as head coach, Bayern’s squad requires reinforcement. The identity of Tuchel’s successor remains uncertain.


A key challenge for Bayern could be convincing Musiala about their ambitious plans for the future. Despite their recent setbacks, Bayern still harbors hopes of salvaging their season after eliminating Arsenal from the Champions League. They are set to face Real Madrid in the semi-finals, aiming to reach the final for the first time since their triumph in 2020.


Any indication of Musiala’s inclination towards seeking a new challenge would attract attention from top clubs. Manchester City has expressed a strong interest, while Chelsea is also monitoring the situation closely. Musiala, who opted to represent Germany over England, began his career in Chelsea’s academy but departed due to concerns about limited playing opportunities.


While Guardiola’s Manchester City boasts a plethora of attacking midfielders, they have faced criticism for lacking their usual fluidity in the final third, particularly evident in their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid. There are arguments that City has yet to replace the goal-scoring prowess and creativity of Ilkay Gündogan and Riyad Mahrez since last summer. Despite productive seasons from Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne’s continued influence, injuries have hampered Jack Grealish’s impact, and new signings like Julián Álvarez have struggled for consistency.


City’s transfer targets extend beyond Musiala, with interests in West Ham’s Lucas Paquetá and Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze. However, any potential move for Paquetá hinges on the resolution of an ongoing investigation into alleged betting breaches by the Brazil midfielder. Meanwhile, Eze has faced injury setbacks this season but showed promise with a crucial goal against Liverpool recently. City is also keeping tabs on Eze’s Palace teammate, Michael Olise.

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