The other half of Manchester had an ebb and flow season where few games showed how dominating Manchester City could be under the mercurial Pep Guardiola. He will be pushing the club authorities to shell few fortunes and build a team around the next sensation Gabriel Jesus.
Manchester City’s defensive lapses have been showcased time and again with Kompany making sporadic appearances. John Stones does have the capability, but City cannot take the risk and should look to bring a resolute central defender. City will look to trim the squad with the likes of Jesus Navas, Nolito, Fernando, and Zabaleta certain to look for another club. The future of Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero will make an interesting summer transfer market for football fans.
Why would the other half of Manchester lag behind? Jose Mourinho’s first season has seen United play a laborious and unattractive brand of football, but who cares when you have won the Europa League along with two other domestic cups. The eccentric Portuguese is bound to make few big money moves and his decision to bring Pogba in after a record-breaking transfer fee; he would look to refine his squad.
The departure of Wayne Rooney now seems a paperwork away, and Ibrahimovich is closing in on 36. Talks of David De Gea leaving the club have surfaced. Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford have been tremendous this season, and Jose will look to build a squad around them with players like Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial chipping in. Jose would love to bolster his flanks with Luke Shaw being injury-ridden most of the time.
The Spanish giants have had a relatively poor season with a defeat in the quarter-final of Champions League, and unable to retain their Liga dominance in addition to losing it to eternal rivals Real Madrid. It has been mostly the MSN who have dragged the team over the line. Messi has been phenomenal while Neymar is reaching new heights.
However, much was expected out of Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer, as they were touted to be the future of the club. The former player has been heavily criticised for his lack of intent and at times clueless wanderings on the pitch. Alcacer has received the brunt as well due to his incompetence in front of goal. It would be harsh to rule them out, but Barcelona will need to revamp the squad. Iniesta is reaching the twilight of his career and Busquets going through tremendous match pressure. They need to bolster the defence especially the flanks. Alcacer and Gomes should be kept, but another average season will make both of them see the back of the club.
The Bavarians might have won the league for the umpteenth time, but another Champions League failure and below par performances at times have exposed their vulnerabilities. Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t had much success in his debut season, but Munich should hold on to a man with such a rich CV and look for costly summer signings.
Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm have hung up their boots leaving a void in the central midfield and right-hand side. Joshua Kimmich might be an able deputy of Alonso, but Rafinha hasn’t featured regularly since his debut season, and Ancelotti will look to bring in a right back. Players like Douglas Costa and Jerome Boateng could leave the club, making it tougher for Carlo. However, names like Alexis Sanchez and Marco Veratti have surfaced, and bringing in both of them would strengthen the squad immensely.
The club from Paris has shown that money has never been the matter for them. Despite shelling out with such flamboyance, PSG could only be contained with the domestic league. However, this season saw them lose out on their only piece of silverware to AS Monaco. Unai Emery’s nightmare in Camp Nou had an immense effect on the fan base, which was furious to see their players losing heart even after having a four-goal cushion.
Emery will look to repay the faith the club has shown in him. Veratti might consider a move away from PSG along with Marquinhos. Thiago Silva is well past his prime and Kimpembe will need time to slot in. The future of Angel Di Maria and Ben Arfa is also in question. It will be interesting to see who PSG pools in this summer, as they would be desperate to salvage the humiliation they faced in Camp Nou.