The headlines for the past month have been dominated by Manchester City’s hunt for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, but there are other areas of the pitch the Blues will be looking forward to.
After a few experiments at left-back, the club has managed to find a mid-term solution with Joao Cancelo, so the hunt for a natural player on that side is not expected to be a priority.
That is not the case in the defensive midfield, with the expected but sudden departure of Fernandinho at the end of the season, increasing the need to find a replacement and prompting Rodri to maintain his performance at a high level.
Another place that needs to be thoroughly explored is the central midfield. Ilkay Gundogan’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 and Bernardo Silva’s personal situation is still unclear – albeit reportedly better than 12 months ago.
One name that has been popping up more recently is Argentine star Enzo Fernandez, who currently practices his trade at River Plate.
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Understanding City Xtra that Manchester City have already spoken to the player’s representatives at least once and a move to the Etihad Stadium is certainly at stake.
In fact, City’s football director Txiki Begiristain is fond of the 21-year-old and wants him to join the club this summer.
It would be the start of an excellent relationship between the clubs, sparked by the purchase of Julian Alvarez in January.
On the day of the deadline, City confirmed the £20.7 million purchase of Alvarez from the Argentine giants on a five-year deal, with the striker sent back directly to the selling club until at least July 2022.
Since then, there have been rumors that the 22-year-old could join Pep Guardiola’s squad ahead of schedule to bolster the attacking ranks, but that was an agreement with River after the deal was completed.
With Fernandez, City will look to maintain that existing relationship and complete the signing of another exciting South American talent.
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