Manchester City are in a three-way battle with Manchester United and Liverpool for highly-rated FC Porto winger Luis Diaz, reports Calciomercato.
Luis Diaz, 24, one of Europe’s most exciting wide players, has been in electric form for FC Porto since the start of the season. The Colombian international has registered 13 goals and three assists in 22 appearances across all competitions, thereby catching the attention of a myriad of top clubs.
FC Porto are keen to keep hold of one of their prized assets amidst huge interest but having suffered elimination from the Champions League group stages, they might accept a sizeable offer for the tricky winger in the January transfer window.
Manchester City’s reported interest in Luis Diaz makes a lot of sense. Ferran Torres has been heavily linked with a winter move to Barcelona, with the Spanish winger, who is currently out with a foot fracture, keen to join the Blaugrana.
The Sky Blues could sanction Torres’ exit and a deal could even be agreed before the transfer window reopens, as Barcelona look to improve their attacking options following Memphis Depay’s injury and the recent retirement of Sergio Aguero.
The potential exit of Torres would vacate a spot in Man City’s attacking ranks. Plus, as per a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes, there is a possibility of Riyad Mahrez leaving the Etihad Stadium for Paris Saint-Germain next summer. Thus, it won’t come as a surprise to many if Pep Guardiola wishes to reinforce his attacking unit in the upcoming window by bringing in Luis Diaz.
Diaz has improved leaps and bounds over the last 12-15 months under the tutelage of Sergio Conceicao. He has bagged 38 goals and provided a further 16 assists in 107 appearances for Porto, guiding Conceicao’s side to the domestic double in 2019/20.
Having elevated his game to new heights this term, the Colombian wide-man is at the perfect age to join a bigger European club and a move to Manchester City could just be perfect. Diaz will certainly not come cheap, though, as he has a contract at the Estadio do Dragao until 2024, but more than the fee the Cityzens’ biggest challenge will be to beat the likes of Liverpool and Man United to the player’s signature.