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Forget Mahrez: Man City would be better served landing his £16.2m-rated Leicester teammate

Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side batter West Ham 4-1 on Sunday to move within a victory of a new Premier League points record.

Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash at the London Stadium with 90 points from their 34 league games, and thus just five short of the record set by Jose Mourinho’s brilliant Chelsea team back in 2005. And the Citizens are now just a victory away from setting a new record as goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Fernandinho, alongside a Pablo Zabaleta own goal, secured a routine victory in East London, in turn recording their 30th win of the campaign to tie the record set by Antonio Conte’s Chelsea last season.

As such, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can continue to break records between now and the end of the season, with it possible that the Citizens can become the first Premier League side to breach the 100-point mark.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club will reignite their interest in Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez this summer.

And while the Algeria international would likely be a good addition to Guardiola’s squad, they must forget about the winger, and instead seek to lure his £16.2 million-rated Foxes teammate Wilfred Ndidi (as per Transfermarkt) to the Etihad Stadium.

Ultimately, while Mahrez has certainly proven his credentials in the Premier League in the last few years, not least in helping Leicester win the title back in 2016, it’s difficult to see where the 27-year-old would fit in at the North West club.

With Sane and Raheem Sterling enjoying their best seasons to date, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva running the show in the middle, Jesus and Sergio Aguero leading the line to great effect, as well as the likes of Bernando Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, Guardiola is spoilt for choice in the attacking ranks, and as such surely doesn’t need another attacker.

Whereas there does appear to be some lack of depth in the more defensive-minded central midfield department, what with Fernandinho the main man in that area with just Fabian Delph and Yaya Toure for cover.

Toure will almost certainly be on his way out this summer at the expiration of his contract while Delph has often been used at left back this season – thus, it’s clear that another option, preferably a young player with the potential to be Fernandinho’s long-term replacement, is needed in that department.

And Leicester’s Ndidi could be the man.

The 21-year-old has impressed greatly since his move to the King Power Stadium back in January 2017, with the midfielder missing just two of Leicester’s 35 Premier League games this term to underline the high level of consistency he has maintained during the campaign.

He has at times been at his industrious best in helping to break up play and provide a platform from which the Leicester forwards can perform this season, but with four assists as well, it’s clear that he is also adept with the ball at his feet.

And at the age of 21, there is still plenty more to come from the Nigeria international, and who better to extract all the talent from him than Guardiola, who has improved several City players since his appointment as manager back in 2016.

As such, while Mahrez would likely be a useful addition, the Citizens must forget about him and instead seek to lure Ndidi to the Etihad, as doing so could provide the champions with a perfect long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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