With Guardiola at the helm, Manchester City continued their free spending ways this season, splashing €213 Million on new players. One of his first orders of business was replacing Joe Hart with Claudio Bravo. This move was made because Guardiola prefers to have a sweeper keeper that has excellent ball control and distribution. This move backfired as Bravo has played very poorly in several games and has not been an upgrade over Joe Hart.
There are now rumours that Sergio Aguero will be shipped out next season mostly because Guardiola believes that he has found a suitable replacement in Gabriel Jesus, who he signed for €32 Million. As of late, Jesus has made the starting 11 while Aguero has been on the bench. Alienating and allowing one of the best strikers in the world to leave, while betting on a 19 year old is risky but this is exactly the type of risk that makes sense to Guardiola as he prefers to employ a striker that has speed and is more involved in the game.
If Aguero moves to another team and Manchester City struggles to score goals and fails to finish in the top 4 next season, it may spell the end of Guardiola’s stay in Manchester City. It’s unfathomable to think that the team would accept losing a top goalie and striker, while spending over €200 Million (which they’ll probably do again next season) on new players, not to mention the €15 Million a year they pay Guardiola, and not win the league.