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Zaha would be a sufficient enough replacement for Sterling at Manchester City

Zaha would be a sufficient enough replacement for Sterling at Manchester City

Compared to recent years, it is fair to say Manchester City are not having the most exciting of transfer windows.

The Premier League champions, however, have still managed to add the skilful Riyad Mahrez and promising Claudio Gomes to their squad, while the signing of a new midfielder is still possible before the transfer market closes next month.

Even without a tonne of new additions, though, manager Pep Guardiola still possesses a team capable of retaining their Premier League crown.

Next summer, on the other hand, Guardiola may want more work to be done in the transfer market. As well as a defensive midfielder if one cannot be signed now, the Spaniard is likely to want a winger to be brought in should Raheem Sterling be sold.

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City will listen to offers for the 23-year-old if he does not sign an extension to his current deal which expires in 2020. And if that happens, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha could be a very good replacement.

Over the last couple of seasons, Zaha has reached another level and there is probably no better player than the Ivory Coast international outside the Premier League’s top six.

£27m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Zaha scored nine times in Crystal Palace’s most recent Premier League campaign, as he helped Roy Hodgson’s men steer clear of relegation, while the year before that he managed to hit the back of the net on seven occasions, registering nine assists along the way.

In a more offensive team like Manchester City’s and with the ability he has, the 25-year-old could easily better those figures.

Zaha has always been a gifted player renowned for his incredible dribbling, but now the former Manchester United man is finally starting to deliver in the final third.

If Sterling really does leave the Etihad in 12 months time, then Manchester City should line up Zaha as his replacement.

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