Man City look at Danny Ings as a possible target this summer
It is no secret that Man City have been in the market for a striker for the last couple of transfer windows but as of yet have not found their man. It wasn’t long ago there were strong rumours of Lionel Messi making a switch to the Premier League to join up with his old Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. Man City are seeking to win the Champions League and a signing like Messi would be a huge boost to their chances. When that didn’t happen and Messi, for the time being at least decided to stay in Barcelona they had to look for a new target. Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland was another name that kept coming up, though he has been linked with multiple big clubs like Man United, Real Madrid and Man City. With Dortmund supposedly asking for £100 Million, it looks like Haaland could be making a big move this summer, though City have some competition on their hands to make sure he ends up landing in the blue side of Manchester.
Should neither Messi or Haaland makes the switch to join Pep at City, it appears they have found a back up option. Many major sports news outlets are reporting that Southampton striker Danny Ings is a possible target to try and bring to the Etihad in the summer. Ings scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season and has scored 8 so far this season. Whilst Ings wouldn’t be the big name signing that some City fans would hope for, he has proven he is a reliable Premier League striker who will score goals when given opportunities. City and Pep have proven they are happy to leave a big name signing if the terms are not right and take players from lower level English teams to make them part of their squad, as they have done with Nathan Ake recently and lets not forget they still have Scott Carson on the books. Ings has apparently had an offer to renew his contract at the Saints on the table for some time now but has not yet put pen to paper.
The search for a striker comes as Sergio Aguero who is City’s all time leading goals scorer with 181 goals in his 271 appearances, finds his future up in the air. His contract expires this summer and as of yet no deal has been agreed to see him extend his stay. Aguero has had a bad run of injuries that recently saw him go 13 months without scoring a Premier League goal. Even when he has played this season he has not looked his usual self and him leaving could be seen as a real changing of the guard at Man City with talismanic figures like Vincent Kompany and David Silva both having left in recent seasons. Whilst everyone would love another big name to come to the Premier League, especially someone like Messi which would be huge for English Football, Ings has proven himself in the Premier League and in a team with the creative talent that City possess, it would be no surprise to see him flourish and establish himself as one of the top strikers in England and potentially Europe. Though it is early days yet and we are sure there will be more twists and turns before the transfer market opens.