Pep Guardiola is a man on a mission this week. Man City needs a replacement for the midfielder, Fernandinho and the biggest link at current comes from Benfica.
Joao Felix will be in a £120 million “tug of war” between United and City as he is watched by scouts from both teams on Wednesday night in the Nations League semi-final.
The 19-year-old scored 18 goals in 33 games for Benfica this season but should Man City be looking elsewhere?
Of course, goals win games but Guardiola has always picked out his players with a plan in mind and he’s already got plenty of goal scorers.
Rodrigo Hernández Cascante (Rodri)
Man City should consider their options and look for a slightly older player with a little more experience behind him, that can match the strong attacking midfield they already have. Rodri is a 22-year-old central midfielder who currently plays for Atlético Madrid.
He has already represented Spain internationally 6 times last year alone. It has been rumoured that City scouts have Rodri on the backup plan list, however, it is believed that the Spanish centre mid has a £62 million release clause in his contract. This could be a problem for the blues and could be the reason he is not top of that list but seeing as Pep’s team love to break records, why not go for another?
If the signing of Rodri was to go ahead, it would be a club record transfer.
Marcos Llorente Moreno
Another option and a cheaper option may I add, would be the 24-year-old, Real Madrid midfielder, Marcos Llorente. In 2014, a young Llorente was watched by Zinedine Zidane when playing for Madrid’s youth team, he was immediately promoted to the reserves team by Zidane himself.
The Spanish international also represented his country for the Under 19’s and 21’s. Four years down the line and Zidane comes back to manage Real Madrid’s first team, only starting the midfielder 3 times all season. This could be enough for Marcos wanting to leave Madrid and, would place him perfectly as an option for Pep to look into.