Michael Olise and Florian Wirtz sign, Kevin De Bruyne call - Man City transfer window predicted

Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne stand next to each other during Manchester City's FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United.
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After clinching a fourth successive Premier League title in 2023/24, Manchester City's aim for 2024/25 will be clear: make it five in a row.

For all of the current off-field distractions, City, on the pitch, remain committed to winning and being the best in class. They edged a thrilling title race last term, pipping Arsenal to the prize, and you can guarantee the Gunners will strengthen their armoury this summer to push the Blues every step of the way again next season.

Therefore, City will be keen to add fresh blood to their own ranks over the summer to try and stave off the threat of the challengers. However, much of the conversation is poised to centre around who could leave.

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Ahead of the transfer window opening on Friday, speculation is already rife about the futures of Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne and Julian Alvarez. There is plenty of interest in all three players from abroad.

As far as incomings are concerned, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has already hinted that this summer may not be as exciting in previous years. With that in mind, MEN Sport's team of writers have had their say on what this summer's window could realistically look like at the Etihad Stadium.

George Smith

Starting with outgoings, City will almost certainly attempt to try and get Joao Cancelo and Kalvin Phillips off the books this summer. Both players spent time out on loan in 2023/24 and Barcelona have already said they would like to keep the former but could struggle to finance a permanent deal.

Whether Barcelona can come up with an offer or not, City, one would think, will be inclined to accept an offer of reasonable value for the full-back. Ederson's future is up in the air and we know from the past that City will not stand in the way of a player who wants to leave.

As for new arrivals, departures could dictate what areas need strengthening. City, though, could do with adding to their left-back department, particularly if Sergio Gomez is offloaded.

Bernardo Silva, as is so often the case at this time of year, is being linked with an exit, as is De Bruyne. If either of those two leave, they will need replacing with a midfielder. Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes has been heavily linked with a move to City, but he is a different type of midfield operator to both De Bruyne and Silva.

James Quinlan

Manchester City look to have started the summer window off strongly with regards to incoming transfer fees. So far they have raked in over £23m of pure profit from the sales of Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tommy Doyle from clauses activated in their respective loans last season, and now I feel that sum should be added to with the sales of fringe players like Kalvin Phillips, Joao Cancelo and Sergio Gomez.

I don't think either the midfield or full-back departments would be severely hit by their departures, and Pep Guardiola should only turn to the transfer market if choosing to offload anyone else. He and the club have displayed a ruthless streak, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Bernardo Silva on the verge of 30-years-old, Ederson who is now 30 and linked with Saudi Arabia, Matheus Nunes who has not settled in well, or an out-of-sorts Jack Grealish cashed in on this summer.

Ederson would definitely need replacing. Stefan Ortega has proven himself a worthy stand-in, though if buying someone then I would like to suggest the latter's countryman, Alexander Nubel. The 26-year-old averaged a pass completion rate of 81.9 percent last season on top of saves to shot ratio of 69.2 percent - only one lower than Ederson.

As for midfielders, Bruno Guimaraes is the Premier League's stand-out well-rounded option but will take some effort to prise Newcastle from their star man. If looking for an option with attacking flair to do the job of Silva or Grealish, then go all out for the future of German football, Florian Wirtz. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League or Real Madrid, and with good reason.

Tom Cavilla

Manchester City will not need to make too many changes to their first-team squad this summer after another strong season under Pep Guardiola.

Potential exits could include Bernardo Silva, who is being linked with a summer departure once again, Joao Cancelo, Kalvin Phillips and Julian Alvarez. Cancelo and Phillips are the obvious candidates out of the four to leave and Silva could follow suit, though it would make little sense to sell Alvarez despite recent reports suggesting clubs are queuing up to secure his services.

Kevin De Bruyne is believed to be a target for Saudi Arabian clubs, though this is a discussion that should not be entertained as City prepare to go for a fight Premier League title in succession. The Belgian, if able to stay fit, will play a key part once again.

In terms of incomings, Michael Olise would be a smart addition to the Sky Blues’ attack after his impressive rise at Crystal Palace. Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich should also be evaluated, having reportedly expressed a desire to move on from the German club this summer.

Kieran Horn

Manchester City could be set for a very quiet or very busy summer transfer window. Exit talks surrounding Kevin De Bruyne could ramp up significantly over the coming months and as such, Pep Guardiola could lose two crucial players in his squad.

However, it seems far more likely that both, alongside Guardiola, move on to pastures new next summer. Crystal Palace's Michael Olise is understandably of interest to most of the Premier League's top teams with City's interest from the past likely to be rekindled.

Bruno Guimaraes and Rodrygo have also been linked to an Etihad Stadium switch, however they look set to remain at Newcastle and Real Madrid, respectively. Man City doing any business will likely depend on outgoings with it clear there are not many gaps in Guardiola's squad as he aims to claim a fifth consecutive Premier League title.

Oliver Jones

Manchester City haven't got many places they can truly 'upgrade' this summer, and are likely to start the window by shedding off dead weight. Joao Cancelo and Kalvin Phillips are the two stars that come to mind having both spent time on loan this season but Julian Alvarez has also had links to Premier League rivals Chelsea over the past few days.

Kevin De Bruyne leaving would be a big shock to everyone, even if there's rumoured interest from Saudi Arabia but if Pep Guardiola wants to add a fifth consecutive Premier League title to their already-stacked cabinet, he'll want the Belgian to stick around for as long as possible.

Lucas Paqueta was a rumoured target in the past but with his betting problem arising, that's likely to be dead in the water, meaning they could go after a Florian Wirtz-type instead after his impressive displays in the Bundesliga. Ultimately, there aren't many issues that need solving at the Etihad Stadium. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Isaac Seelochan

Central midfield is probably the one area at City which could be strengthened. Kevin de Bruyne is ageing whilst Ilkay Gundogan's individual brilliance was missed at times in 2023/24 after leaving last summer.

Florian Wirtz appears to be the ideal successor to De Bruyne, although a strong summer with Germany at Euro 2024 will make him expensive. Bruno Guimaraes as well may be a deal worth exploring with the Newcastle midfielder said to have a £100m release clause in his contract up to June 30.

But it is likely to be more outgoings than incomings at the Etihad this summer. Pep tends to prefer working with a smaller squad than other managers so any new signings are likely to lead to more sales.