When clubs look to strengthen each summer, the emphasis should always be on improving the weakest link in the armour. For Manchester City, that has long been at left-back, but it seems they have identified a possible solution to that problem, in the form of Tottenham Hotspurs defender, Danny Rose.
Manuel Pellegrini has had to endure a couple of seasons with Gael Clichy and Alexsandar Kolarov as his two options. Both decent Premier League standard players, but neither a left-back able to take the club further.
With Pep Guardiola joining in the summer, plans are already beginning to take shape and according to the Evening Standard, the 25-year-old Spurs man, could be one of the names on the Spaniard’s hit-list.
Rose is contracted with the London club until June 2019 and looks set to play a role in Roy Hodgson’s England squad this summer, meaning it could take a substantial bid from the Manchester club, if they want to lure him away from White Hart Lane.
However, the prospect of playing and developing under Guardiola will be an attraction to any player in the Premier League. He is still only 25 and the former Leeds United man could see this as an opportunity to raise his game up to another level.
No defender makes more tackles in the Spurs team than Rose, plus he has shown an ability to get up the pitch and delivery quality balls into the box. Man City already get the attacking side from Clichy and Kolarov, but it’s the defensive side that would attract them into making a move this summer.
One problem for Guardiola could be a lack of Champions League football next season. If City don’t finish in the top four, or win the Champions League, they could struggle to convince players to give up the tournament for another season – especially those playing under Mauricio Pochettino.