Pep Guardiola means business, and he’s not slowing down as he looks to add some flair to his midfield, amid speculation that Yaya Toure could be on his way to Inter Milan while Fernando is wanted by Villareal and Valencia.
Guardiola reportedly told his new club he wants eight new starters for his fresh Manchester City side, and with one down in Ilkay Gundogan, the Spaniard has now turned his attention to Toni Kroos - according to reports from the Manchester Evening News - a player of whom he has been a long-term admirer.
A New Midfield Pairing?
The sun is seemingly setting on Toure and Fernando's time at City. While the Ivorian looked to burn out as the season wore on, he still managed six goals and five assists in the league, meanwhile his Brazilian teammate also pitched in with two goals. And yet few can disagree that City's midfield needs freshening up.
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Both Kroos and Gundogan have come off excellent seasons in their respective leagues, and if the former should join the latter at the Etihad next season, they will confident of replicating their fine form under the Spanish mastermind.
Kroos established himself in a star-studded line-up at Real Madrid, and was instrumental in pulling the strings from the centre of the park alongside Luka Modric. His ten league assists showed just how crucial he was to Madrid’s title bid as he sprayed passes to all parts of the field.
In addition to his assists, Kroos created 57 chances in 32 league games and further demonstrated his passing prowess, averaging 75.8 passes per game with an average accuracy of 93.9%, according to WhoScored.
Kroos is a complete package, packing in a neat punch with stand-out through-ball play and can be a menace from set-pieces as well.
Similarly, Gundogan played an important role as Borussia Dortmund came in second place, behind Kroos' former team Bayern Munich. Despite suffering a few frustrating injuries he created 26 chances in 25 games, adding a goal and three assists, as per Squawka.
Gundogan can also spot a pass and managed an average of 80.9 passes per game, accurate to an 87.8% successful pass rate.
The German is a dangerous threat from long range and teaming him up with Kroos could be just the thing to get Manchester City ticking again.
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