Manchester City are reported as being interestedin a deal to sign Declan Rice.
Like that should come as a surprise!
The oldest member of their squad as an outfield player is Fernandinho and he could well leave at the end of the season, as he turned 36 just two days ago.
But his exit could mean that City cast their net towards east London in search of a replacement.
Now, it’s worth saying here that City have already spent over £60m signing Rodri, another defensive midfielder who could easily step into the Brazilian’s shoes.
But that isn’t enough.
So they’re interested in Rice. It would cost well in excess of £100m, because why on earth would we give City a discount?
It shows the sheer disparity of those at the top of the Premier League and those trying to crack through the glass ceiling.
Man City beat PSG in their last outing, in the semi-final of the Champions League.
Ederson played in goal; he cost £35m.
Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias and Olexandr Zinchenko made up the back four. That’s £45m for the right-back, £47.5m for Stones, £65m for Dias and Zinchenko for an undisclosed fee. Wikipedia says it’s under £2m.
Let’s add that up. That’s £35m for the goalkeeper, £159.5m for the defence, £111m for the midfield, and £98m up front. That’s £403m for the starting XI before we consider the bench, including the likes of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Sergio Aguero.
And now they’re ready to splash the cash on Rice.
They clearly have all the money in the world and the ability to snaffle up any player who excels at another club and seems attainable.
How in the world are we, a team with Jesse Lingard on loan, and Vlad Coufal and Tomas Soucek for around £3om combined, meant to compete with that?
If a bid does come in, we’re stuffed, because the pockets at City are just too deep.