Manchester City are one of several clubs intending to sign Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu, according to a report by AS.
The Lowdown: A Premier League focus
Having done their business early in strengthening their attack, with an agreement made for the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, City can now focus on other areas in the squad, with moves for a new defensive midfielder, left-back, and centre back all being touted.
Based on the rumours thus far, the recently crowned Premier League title winners are shopping locally for new acquisitions, with West Ham United’s Declan Rice and Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips amongst the names recently linked to a move to the Etihad from other English teams.
And the latest name that has been touted for a move has been Soyuncu, who is reportedly attracting interest from a number of Europe’s big clubs.
The Latest: A man in demand
According to journalist Özgür Sancar, City, along with Juventus and Chelsea, intend to sign the Turkish centre back in a move worth £34m.
He also reports that Spanish side Real Madrid are also in the running for the Leicester City man, claiming that he is likely to leave the East Midlands club, and could potentially join Antonio Rudiger in signing for Los Blancos this summer as Carlo Ancelotti looks to strengthen his defensive options.
Sancar’s article also notes words said by Soyuncu’s former manager Mustafa Dogru, who claims an economic advantage for Premier League sides, such as City, in pursuing the defender’s signature. He said:
“I think that as clubs Liverpool, City or Chelsea have the power to sign Çaglar Söyüncü in the Premier League because of their economic conditions.”
The Verdict: Not a necessary signing
Based on his time at the King Power Stadium, it has not been a major surprise to see Soyuncu linked with some of the top teams in Europe, with his strong defensive attributes giving him the reputation of being a “rock at the back” for the Foxes.
However, with the options that Pep Guardiola has at his disposal at centre back, signing another premium defender that would desire regular game time would not be a particularly smart investment.
In John Stones, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, and Aymeric Laporte, the Spaniard boasts some of the best central defenders in the league, with all four of them scoring an average Whoscored match rating of over 6.9 during the 2021/22 season.
Soyuncu, however, only scored an average match rating of 6.74, and would struggle to break into a City side that has the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, and at the touted £34m price tag they would be paying too much for a squad player.