The current champions of England are not where they want to be. As of writing, Manchester City find themselves 14 points behind Liverpool, a lead that almost looks insurmountable. Its clear Manchester City won’t be winning the league this season and must now look towards planning for the future.

The Sky Blues season seemingly fell apart when Aymeric Laporte was sidelined with a knee injury. Since then, Pep has tried a different number of combinations at the back, all to no avail. If City wants to topple the Reds next season, signings must be made now to get a head start.

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In the summer, Manchester City allowed Vincent Kompany to leave the club while not finding a replacement for him or Eliaquim Mangala. This decision was absurd and looked even worse when Laporte got injured. This left City more exposed at the back, with even teams like Wolves finding holes in their defensive line.

What Pep needs in his defenders is versatility, adaptability and confidence to play out from the back. PSG defender Marquinhos fits that mould perfectly. Despite only being 25, the Brazilian is extremely mature in his performances having learnt all his tricks from the mighty Thiago Silva. The French giants currently have 3 or 4 quality defenders competing for the same two places, leaving the Brazilian vulnerable to departure.



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