You wouldn’t have thought that Manchester City could get too much better right now but Pep Guardiola clearly doesn’t think so. The manager sitting at the top of the Premier League wants to add to his team and weaken Chelsea at the same time.
Manchester City’s fourth late winner in a row on Sunday evening means that they remain eight points clear of Manchester United on top of the Premier League. David Silva’s late goal was a change from Raheem Sterling’s previous three late winners.
Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to lose a game this season and unless Manchester United can get a win in the Manchester derby next weekend or the wheels really start to fall off it looks unlikely the title will go anywhere else other than the Emirates stadium.
David Silva celebrates his late winner against West Ham. Image: PA Images.
It really does feel like there’s not many ways Guardiola could improve his side but the former Bayern Munich manager actually has his eyes on a rival team’s centre back as he hopes to strengthen that one area.
According to former Chelsea forward Pat Nevin, now a Chelsea TV and BBC Sport pundit, Guardiola wants the Blues young defender Andreas Christensen. The Scot told Irish radio station Newstalk:
“I heard a wee whisper, and I don’t know if it’s true, but the player he would really like more than anyone else is Andreas Christensen from Chelsea.
“That’s the one he’d really like. He’s not going to get him but he’s at that sort of age he could to the same thing as Stones. “
Christiansen marking Gabriel Jesus in a recent match between Chelsea and City. Image: PA Images.
The 21 year old has been at Chelsea since 2012 but was on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach for the previous two seasons before returning back to Stamford Bridge and becoming part of Antonio Conte’s side.
So far this season he has started eight Premier League games for the champions and has been very solid in Conte’s back line, so it’s no surprise that Guardiola would like to add him to his side.
John Stones has been impressive this season but his injury and continued problems with Vincent Kompany does sometimes leave City looking a bit short at the back with Nicolas Otamendi and Equilam Mangala.
It remains unlikely that Chelsea would sell the Dane to their rivals but you never know.