Man City urged to address ‘long-term’ issues in summer transfer market

Manchester City have been told to splash the cash in the transfer market in the summer.

Pep Guardiola has won two trophies this season in the Community Shield and the Carabao Cup.

Though City look set to miss out on the Premier League to Liverpool , they remain in the hunt for the FA Cup and the Champions League .

However, this year has exposed some weaknesses in the squad.

Namely, in defence where they have looked light after the departure of Vincent Kompany in the summer before.

A long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte has seen the Etihad outfit struggle at times at the back, while Benjamin Mendy has always had fitness issues since his arrival in 2017.

And former City defender Danny Mills reckons Guardiola needs to spend money to take them back to the top of the table.

He said: "How much investment is needed his summer, for City to try and launch an assault on Liverpool?

"Man City have got to address the left-back situation this summer.

"If Zinchenko stays fit that's fine, but Mendy has not been good enough in that position.

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"They need two centre-backs in. Fernandinho has been brilliant dropping in, but he clearly doesnt fancy John Stones.

"Laporte is injured, is he going to come back from that, so you need one outstanding centre-half, and one for cover, just in case something happens to Laporte.

"You’ve then got cover, Fernandinho can play in midfield."

Sergio Aguero turns 32 this summer and Mills reckons a replacement must be thought of soon.

He added: "The long-term problem, I feel, is Sergio Aguero, who do you get in?

"He can’t go on forever, he can’t keep being great season after season. And he picks up niggles from time to time, he takes several whacks.

"Gabriel Jesus is good but he is just not Aguero, he is just not that out and out goal scorer like Aguero is.

"You have to remember, Guardiola was tempted to get rid of Aguero, because he wasn’t going to play in the style that he wanted him to.

"So, I think centre-back is an absolute must, they need probably two decent centre-halves, and maybe a supplementary number nine."

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