Man City should be signing £100m Premier League midfielder this summer and not Lucas Paqueta

Man City should be signing £100m Premier League midfielder this summer and not Lucas Paqueta
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Published on 2024-03-18 12:30:00

Manchester City should prioritize signing Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes over West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta. While it was reported that Guardiola is a fan of Paqueta, Guimaraes may be a better fit for City’s midfield needs. Guimaraes is a central midfielder similar in profile to Ilkay Gundogan and can operate as a number six, providing value as an understudy to Rodri.

Guimaraes has the ability to dictate play from the back and has the defensive awareness, technical quality, and experience to deputize for Rodri. Guardiola has already described him as an exceptional holding midfielder, indicating his high regard for the player. Guimaraes’ versatility in midfield positions could be particularly valuable if Bernardo Silva decides to leave the club, as he can play across every position in the middle of the park.

While Paqueta has had a superior season and offers tactical flexibility as well, Guimaraes’ closer profile to Gundogan and ability to operate as a defensive midfielder make him a more sensible transfer target for Manchester City. Ultimately, Guimaraes could provide City with the midfield reinforcement they need ahead of the next season, offering valuable depth and quality in the center of the park.

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