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Man City: Sky Blues in ‘pole position’ for Romeo Lavia

Man City: Sky Blues in 'pole position' for Romeo Lavia - Manchester City News

Man City are in ‘pole position’ to re-sign former player Romeo Lavia as a possible replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Lowdown: Gundogan leaving?

The City captain etched his name into club folklore with an heroic final day brace to clinch his side a Premier League title last year, but he could well be on the way out.

Gundogan’s current deal is set to expire at the end of this season as things stand, a potential exit which would draw the curtain on seven brilliant years at Eastlands.

The Germany international came to Manchester as manager Pep Guardiola‘s first ever signing but reports suggest that City are making plans over who could succeed him.

The Latest: City eye Lavia…

According to O’Rourke, writing for Football Insider, City could ‘explore the possibility’ of re-signing Lavia as a possible replacement for Gundogan.

It’s claimed they’re currently in ‘pole position’ ahead of other suitors, mainly due to the £40million buy-back clause inserted into his Southampton deal last summer.

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The Verdict: Credible candidate?

As Guardiola and the club list transfer targets to succeed Gundogan, we believe Lavia would be one of the more astute options – both financially and in terms of quality.

The 19-year-old has become a star under Ruben Selles on the south coast with members of the Saints media calling him ‘crucial’ and a ‘classy player’.

The ‘sensational’ Lavia was once deemed among City’s rising stars, even earning comparisons with club legend Fernandinho.

City hero Vincent Kompany has also seriously endorsed the midfielder in past seasons, saying he was what Guardiola is ‘looking for’ in midfield whilst hailing his aggression and serious potential.

Already knowing the club and first team, Lavia’s transition into a City senior squad member would be a smooth one.

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