Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have enjoyed watching their stars perform at the 2018 World Cup and they still can’t believe Leroy Sane did not travel!
Sane was a key performer for the Citizens in their title-winning campaign and was named PFA Young Player of the Year for his impressive showings. Surprisingly, the German was not picked by manager Joachim Low ahead of their title defence in Russia. Instead, Low chose Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt and PSG’s Julian Draxler.
While the World Cup rumbles on, City are yet to make a signing in the transfer window. Moves for Napoli’s Jorginho and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez haven’t progressed for weeks with no other concrete interest being reported. To maintain their dominance in England, City should plan for the future and land one of Brazil’s most promising youngsters.
City raided the Brazilian Serie A to sign Gabriel Jesus; they should return for Flamengo playmaker – Lucas Paqueta. Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, he has scored three goals and notched two assists in nine appearances for his side so far this season. Reports in Brazil have suggested Liverpool are interested in the 20-year-old as an alternative for Nabil Fekir.
Paqueta is tipped as the next teenage sensation to swap Brazil for Europe after watching the likes of Jesus, and Vinicius Junior snapped up by Europe’s biggest clubs in recent years. He has been capped eight times by Brazil’s U20 side and was named in Tite’s provisional 35-man squad for the World Cup.
The youngster is technically gifted and has a terrific work-rate, making him perfect for Guardiola. Under the Spaniard’s tutelage, there is no reason he won’t be starting for his country in the next World Cup.
If City follow up their Jesus recipe, they could find the man to replace David Silva in the long run.
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