Phase two of Pep Guardiola’s revolution at Manchester City is well under way and it appears Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl is the poster boy for it. Spanish media outlet MARCA claim City are to go head-to-head in a tug-of-war with Guardiola’s former club Barcelona in the summer for the services of the German midfielder.
The La Liga giants see 21-year-old Weigl as the long-term successor to 28-year-old Sergio Busquets as the metronome at the heart of their midfield. The Catalan club are in the midst of a bit of a youth drive having signedLucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer as they plan for life after ageing stars Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi. Replacing Busquets is no easy feat but pass-master Weigl has every chance of doing just that.
However, Guardiola is not showing any respect to his former employers and, according to reports, has ordered City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, to push through a deal, no matter what the cost.
The Catalan native is a long-term admirer of the Dortmund conductor and is said to be “in love” with him, but any chance of a deal, in the near future at least, seemed to end when he signed a new deal at the club tripling his salary and extending his deal until 2021. Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has this to say when the extension was announced “We are very happy that he has decided to stay with us for the long term”.
But Guardiola is yet to be dissuaded and City can easily double his newly tripled wages, reported to be around £50,000-per-week. But prying him away from Dortmund, whilst simultaneously fending off interest from Barcelona will be no easy feat.
The project at the Etihad is one of the most exciting in the world. The chance to earn a substantial salary while playing under Guardiola is enough to woo most players, but they run into trouble, like every other club does, whenever Barcelona or Real Madrid enter the fray. So why is Guardiola so adamant to collaborate with Weigl?
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