Every transfer window has the potential to see unexpected moves between players and clubs emerge, and with the market still in its very early stages, it seems as though that could already be about to happen this summer.
According to recent reports from The Sun, Premier League champions Manchester City are interested in signing left-back Antonee Robinson from recently relegated Fulham when the market reopens.
Robinson only joined Fulham from Wigan Athletic last summer, and made 32 appearances in all competitions during his debut campaign at Craven Cottage, although he was unable to prevent Scott Parker’s side from suffering an immediate relegation back to the Championship.
But just what it would mean for Manchester City if they were to complete a deal for the American international?
We’ve weighed that up with a look at this potential move right here.
Is it a good potential move?
This could be a useful signing for City.
Robinson has experience in the Premier League from his time with Fulham last season, so he does know what it takes to compete in the top-flight.
With a reported asking price of £10million this is a deal that City ought to be able to afford, and Robinson would surely relish the chance to compete for silverware alongside some of the best players on the planet at The Etihad.
Indeed, in the wake of the financial setback of dropping a division, the financial lift the sale of Robinson could provide Fulham with, may mean this turns out to be a decent move for all parties.
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Would he start?
It seems unlikely that Robinson would be a regular feature in City’s starting lineup, certainly to begin with.
Reports linking the 23-year-old with a move to The Etihad have suggested that Robinson is viewed by City boss Pep Guardiola as a potential cover player for his more senior players, and in Benjamin Mendy, Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko, he does have plenty of other options at left-back.
As a result, there would be some opportunities for Robinson to prove himself, but you imagine they are more likely to come in the domestic cups that City may be less likely to prioritise, given the more established options Guardiola is likely to rely in the Premier League, and in particular Champions League, that the club are so desperate to win.
What Does he offer?
In fairness to Robinson, he provide quite a lot to City even if he is not a regular starter.
For starters, he would provide strength in depth for a City team who like always, will be expected to compete for multiple domestic and European trophies across the course of the campaign.
The pace and athleticism that he provides could also help drive City forwards in games, while his versatility – he can play wing-back or full-back – could be useful to Guardiola should he want to tweak things tactically.
You also feel that the size of this opportunity means Robinson would bring a great deal of desire with him, both to show he is deserving of a place in a team with this reputation, and get the chance to play as big a role as possible in a side competing for silverware, which should see him up his game as much as possible.