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Manchester City: In tussle with Barcelona to sign Albert Lokonga

Manchester City: In tussle with Barcelona to sign Albert Lokonga - Manchester City

Manchester City are one of a number of clubs to be interested in signing Anderlecht midfielder, Albert Lokonga.

The 19-year-old has made a big impact this season over in Belgium and has now caught the eye of both City and Spanish giants, Barcelona, according to a report from Spain’s sporting publication, Marca.

Lokonga has been a regular for Anderlecht this term but has already shown an element of ill-discipline, having already been given a red-card this term in the game against Antwerp.

However, that doesn’t appear to have put off City, who may be looking to add younger players to their squad given the impending retirement of midfielder maestro David Silva.

The loss of Vincent Kompany in the summer was another experienced player out of the door at the Etihad, while it remains to be seen whether Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho will stay with the club beyond the end of this season.

Lokonga may be seen as the ideal replacement for Fernandinho in the long run given the Brazilian’s importance in the middle of the park. In just shy of 200 Premier League appearances for the club, Fernandinho has won 70% of his tackles, while also winning over 50% of his duels against opponents. 

Impressively, the Brazilian hasn’t made a single error leading directly to a goal, further highlighting just how important and consistent he is for City.

Not much is known about Lokongo 0n these shores but he must have something about him if he is attracting the likes of Barca and City.

Sometimes it’s about taking the chance on a player and Lokongo would certainly be one who would probably have to develop at either club.

However, he won’t cost the world you would have to think, so he could well prove an attractive proposition for both teams.

A good move, City fans? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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