Manchester City picked up where they left off against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon with a typically imperious display at Wembley, but their dominance has not convinced the club’s hierarchy to end their pursuit of a new defensive midfielder according to a report from Goal.
In the aftermath of City’s 2-0 victory Pep Guardiola admitted that “we would like to find maybe one more” before the window slams shut to supplement his options in midfield. It’s no secret that Man City are both interested and, to an extent, in need of a new central player ahead of the new season, but the identity of their primary target remains a subject of intense speculation.
Well-established, high-profile players including Marco Verratti and Miralem Pjanic have been linked with the club in recent days, whilst younger and less experienced talents such as Mateo Kovacic and Julian Weigl feature regularly within the mainstream media, but a recent report from The Daily Mail suggests an unlikely target could become the subject of interest from Man City before the window slams shut, namely Wilfred Ndidi.
According to the report, Leicester City have opened discussions with Juventus over a potential deal for Stefano Sturaro, with the Old Lady holding out for £18 million.
The Italy international has spent the majority of his career playing in central midfield in Serie A, so his arrival at the King Power Stadium would bolster Claude Puel’s options in that position, potentially paving the way for Guardiola to raid Leicester for the second time this summer.
At just 21-years-of-age there’s no doubt that Ndidi is a fantastic talent to watch for the future, and his progress so far strongly suggests that he is capable of making the step up to Champions League football.
His defensive statistics clearly speak for themselves and suggest he is more than capable of sitting in a midfield anchor role and breaking up play; the only concern for Guardiola will relate to his lack of forward-thinking intent in possession of the ball, although that is a trait which he would undoubtedly develop whilst learning from both City’s world class players and tactically astute manager.
Leicester’s interest in Sturaro is certainly not indicative of their effort to replace Ndidi this summer, but it does suggest that the prospect of accepting a generous offer for the Nigeria international will certainly seem more appealing if Sturaro eventually agrees to sign for the Foxes, so City should keep a close eye on developments and make a bid for Ndidi if the opportunity presents itself in the final days of the window.
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