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MAN CITY: Will the Guardiola revolution deliver? Are Stones, Nolito & Sane worth the fuss?

Arguably world football's best manager has taken the reins at Manchester City and with that comes an undeniable amount of pressure.

Pep Guardiola has his reputation in tact ahead of his debut season in England but the Premier League has been known to make boys out of men such is the competitive nature of the league.

In a bid to give himself every chance of avoiding disappointment at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola asked City's wealthy owners to again open the cheque book so he could stock his side with supremely talented players in all areas of the pitch.

While they mostly look like quality additions on paper, their performances in due course will see how savvy the Spaniard really is.


Manchester City - 2016/17

Key signings


John Stones - from Everton for
£47.5m

This guy had been linked with Pep for much of the summer before he was finally purchased for an exorbitant fee.

Close to £50m for a centre-back seems astonishing but remember, PSG paid that for David Luiz just two years ago.

Stones' ball-playing style is the main thing that appeals to Guardiola, who is keen to bring the ball out from defence, and he will promote the 22-year-old to do so as he pleases.

Has already settled well and is expected to be England's best central defender for some time.


Nolito - from Celta Vigo for £13.8m

An accomplished player who can provide an attacking threat with movement and creativity.

Nolito arrives at City after a 12-goal, 7-assist season for Celta for whom he scored almost 40 goals and provided 23 assists in 103 appearances.

Has a decent strike rate in Spain's La Liga and will only get better under the guidance of Guardiola.

Can be deployed as a left winger or floating around the front third and will create a potent attack alongside Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane.

Already has three goals and two assists in five outings for City and is flourishing for the Spain national team.

Could be one of the buys of the season.


Leroy Sane - from Schalke for
£37m

The German youngster has enormous wraps, as evidenced by City's desire to sign him for almost the entirety of last season.

Sane, 20, has close to 50 games of Bundesliga experience, has scored on debut in the Champions League and has notched up four caps for Germany, including at Euro2016.

There is no doubting his supreme ability but can he put it all together in such a competitive environment.

He may shine alongside the influence of other quality players, which will make the transfer fee seem like nothing, or he could take time to grow which could have the club anxious about their investment.

But all indications are leading to the former and a healthy career for Leroy under a fine coach.


Claudio Bravo - from Barcelona for £15.4m

City have signed a world-class keeper in 33-year-old Bravo.

The Chilean has played over 300 times in La Liga and has back-to-back Copa Americas to his name in a fabled career with his country.

Bravo's ability with his feet to distribute cleanly and smartly prompted Guardiola to splash the cash on his signature and his shot-stopping qualities and organisation at the back will be paramount to City's success.

Has two La Liga titles, the Champions League two Copa del Reys, the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to his name.

Is he an upgrade on Joe Hart?


Ilkay Gundogan - from Borussia Dortmund for
£20m

Another German with an enormous amount of scope, Gundogan is an all-action midfielder who will be suited by the English game.

Has a Xabi Alonso style about him and at 25, has enough experience to become City's next Yaya Toure.

Has missed some time of late with a knee injury but is on the improve and is expected to be in action very soon for his new club.

Guardiola knows Gundogan well from his time in Germany and made his capture one of his first priorities early in the summer window.

Can operate lying deep in the midfield before cascading with the attack due to a fabulous work-rate and penchant to get stuck in.

Once fully fit, will be a key performer for City.


Other additions


Marlos Moreno - from Atletico Nacional for
£4.75m

The talented Colombian winger was purchased before being sent back on loan to the Medellin giants.

Has all the tricks necessary to be a strong Premier League player but the question surrounds him settling in Manchester when he arrives next summer.


Gabriel Jesus - from Palmeiras for an undisclosed fee

The prodigious Brazilian striker has already set tongues wagging with his performances for Brazil U23s at the Rio Olympics as the home side clinched Gold.

Backed that up with two goals on senior debut for Brazil.

Joins officially in January so City fans will be watching him closely at Palmeiras for now.


Oleksandr Zinchenko - from Ufa for £1.7m

City have signed the Ukrainian starlet with the view to him being a star player in years to come.

Zinchenko, 19, has already appeared seven times for his country, scoring a goal, and has notched up

Has been sent to Holland to experience some senior game time with reigning Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven.



Overall

Guardiola, while spending a fair bit, has done some very, very good business indeed.

He has certainly strengthened his squad while getting rid of what some may describe as 'dead wood' - or under performers - in the form of Hart (although slightly controversial), Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony.

This City playing group is well-equipped to win the Premier League title and perhaps even have a crack at the Champions League, provided Guardiola's style holds up in a new environment.

Summer transfer season = success for City.


Tribal's Transfer Rating: 8.5/10

Andrew Slevison
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