Manchester City managed to secure a one-goal lead in the first leg of their Champions League round of 32 tie with Schalke last night, as they won 3-2 in Germany.
The Citizens will now turn their attention towards the Carabao Cup on Sunday as they’ll take on Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, with the chance to secure a crucial piece of silverware.
However, it looks as if the Manchester club have their sights set on the summer already, as according to The Sun, Manchester City are tracking Declan Rice, who could cost £70 million in the next transfer window.
Indeed, bringing one of England’s brightest prospects to the Etihad would be great for the club and supporters, so here are the potential consequences of Manchester City signing Declan Rice…
PEP GUARDIOLA SECURES FERNANDINHO REPLACEMENT
Fernandinho has been very impressive for Manchester City in the current campaign but that hasn’t stopped Pep Guardiola from looking for a replacement for the Brazilian, as he isn’t getting any younger.
Rice is reportedly being eyed as Fernandinho’s successor, which is understandable as they both share very similar midfield traits and have been excellent in the Premier League this season.
Therefore, Guardiola won’t have to worry about life at City without Fernandinho if he manages to land Rice, as the West Ham United man is more than capable of stepping into the 33-year-old’s place.
Indeed, fans have gotten used to seeing Manchester City spending big in transfer windows gone by, as they splashed the cash on Riyad Mahrez back in the summer and added the likes of Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker and Bernardo Silva to their ranks last season.
And, it looks as if they’ll have to go big once again to welcome Declan Rice to the club, with the midfielder possibly costing around £70 million. It’s safe to say that this would be a great investment as he has plenty of potential.