Man City have gone head first into the transfer market after finishing 18 points behind Champions Liverpool.
With Leroy Sane swiftly out the door, David Silva stepping away from the scene, Aguero out of contract next summer and currently injured, and John Stones rumoured to be up for sale - City are certainly shifting their squad in many departments.
In recent seasons, City's transfers have mostly been patchwork. Rodri came in last year to replace veteran Fernandinho. Joao Cancelo swapped in for Danilo, whilst Mahrez offered depth in a position where City were strongest stocked.
So this window they look to be aggressively reinforcing their weak spots. With signings well underway, let's see who could be playing at the Etihad next season.
1. Ferran Torres | £2.88 / share
A deal has been complete, Torres is now a City player after a reported €27m + add ons bid was accepted. The 20 year old has come off the back of an impressive season for Valencia. There are few young wingers with such elite experience already under their belts. Torres has featured regularly for the last two seasons and looks a great talent on the wings. We picked up on him in our La Liga Best Buys article, and he certainly looks good value at under £25m.
With Sane out, Torres offers some depth and youth to the wings. Whilst Sterling, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus and even Bernardo Silva are all capable of playing out wide, Torres allows for a better rotation and is natural wide man. He's a prospect that fits the mould that Sane left.
Investing in Torres is now looking a decent prospect. The Spaniard has peaked above £3 prior to the signing, and although a low media buzz has meant he's not picked up big dividends from a big transfer, he's still in a better place now than before. At under £3, he could be a wonderkid signing under Pep and take the premier league by storm. However, compared to Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Rodri (all youngish regulars at City) he's relatively expensive. There's a good chance his price will drop before the season starts as the hype of a new signing dies. However, he'll need to feature regularly and look impressive to make his £3 price more attractive.
That said, he's still 20. In three years time, City could still have a young winger in their ranks, so it's hard to see his value dropping significantly between now and then provided he plays as anticipated.
2. Nathan Ake | £1.45 / share
A £41m was accepted by Bournemouth and this evening the signing of Ake was officially announced. Ake's ability is not to be underestimated despite playing for a relegated side. He made no mistakes which lead to a goal in 146 appearances - for comparison, Stones has made 7, Otamendi 5 in a similar number of appearances. Ake comes in as City have lacked defensive options all season, rotating between injuries and plugging gaps using Fernandinho as a centre half rather than holding midfielder. City desperately needed an experienced, yet young, central defender to ease the pressure they come under when injuries occur. With Stones potentially on his way out, along with Eric Garcia, Ake could yet find himself in the starting lineup alongside Laporte next season.
3. Kalidou Koulibaly | £1.32 / share
Rumours have been circulating for a long time on Koulibaly. Some sources insist he's staying at Napoli, whilst others suggest a deal is close to being done with City, Liverpool and of course Man United. Either way, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the towering centre half signed by the end of this summer. Central defenders have been a prominent issue at City. Although they look set to acquire Ake, a third choice centre half is still a crucial position for a team pushing for the title. If Koulibaly signs, he'd likely partner with Laporte, whilst Ake would drop to third choice. It looks a far stronger rotation than the Otamendi-Fernandinho-Garcia-Stones plaster that they've stuck on their defensive gash this season.
It's also worth mentioning the rise of Phil Foden towards the end of the season. Foden looks set to take the reigns from David Silva. The homegrown talent is an absolute star prodigy that's been itching to play regular first team football. He took the chance after the season restarted, and looks highly likely to feature regularly in the starting XI next season.
It's certainly worth checking out their stats and conducting your own research. Man City mean business, they've aggressively addressed their weaknesses through their swift transfer activity. Many superclubs don't get business done as quick as City are going about theirs. If you think Manchester City have a good chance of challenging at the top next season, there's a very good chance that the PB of all of their players will improve in Pep's lineup.
City play with a focus on possession and fluid passing, meaning their PB base for central players is decent purely from the possession. If you think the defenders can keep more clean sheets, and the attackers can score more goals, then it's a simple conclusion. They are worth more next season than they were this season. If Pep can tackle the mountain between City and Liverpool, then they'll likely be playing some great Football next season - meaning great PB on offer for both their current stars and their new faces.
If you like the look of City's new boys, perhaps wait for the hype to die down and pop a bid in. You could get a cut price deal for players that are likely to step up their PB ability next year. When transfer hype dies, it's fairly common the spreads open up again. Ake is already at over a 30% spread having been strongly tied to City. Torres will likely do the same in the coming weeks.