According to The Sun, Man City are planning a £35m swoop for Schalke midfielder Sebastian Rudy.
The 28-year-old will be brought in as cover for Fernandinho, and therefore as a long-term successor to the Brazilian for Pep Guardiola.
There is absolutely no coincidence that during Man City’s slump of two consecutive losses in the Premier League this season against Crystal Palace and Leicester, Fernandinho was not present for The Cityzens, and alarm bells must have been ringing for Guardiola. He returned for the clash against Liverpool, and his team subsequently won. While players like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Agüero seem to get all the plaudits in blue, this is a clear example of how Fernandinho is one of, if not the most important player at Man City.
However, at the age of 33, it is imperative that City find cover for him, not only if he picks up an injury as the season goes on, but for future seasons. His time at the Etihad will come to the end soon, and the club will not want to buy in a new player then. It is better to already have his successor at the club, who is already accustomed to the style of play. This will mean that the transitioning period will not be too testing.
Man City may have paid the price this season when Fernandinho was absent, and they cannot afford another blip like that. The 27-cap Germany international looks to be the answer to that, and could prevent any future upsets.