Manchester City are in a three-way battle for Xavi Simons, with the teenage’s departure from Paris Saint-German imminent in January, reports Fichajes.
Xavi Simons, 18, spent nine years in the Barcelona academy before swapping for Paris Saint-Germain in 2019, having failed to agree on a contract extension with the Catalan giants. However, first-team opportunities have been few and far in between for the youngster in the last two-and-a-half years at Parc des Princes.
He has made only four senior appearances in all competitions so far for the Les Parisians, including two outings this season. Xavi Simons is into the final six months of his contract and is now available to speak with foreign clubs.
The 18-year-old midfielder is seeking first-team assurances from PSG, with Manchester City, Barcelona, and Newcastle United keeping tabs on his situation claims Fichajes.
The report adds that Man City boss Pep Guardiola is aware of Simons’ talent and potential and has appreciated the possibility of signing him in the ongoing winter window. But the Sky Blues will need to fend off competition from Barcelona and Newcastle United to sign the PSG starlet.
Fed up with a lack of first-team opportunities, Xavi Simons is open to leaving PSG this month. He would be willing to join a club that will give him the platform to show his talent week in, week out, with first-team football high on the teenager’s wish-list.
Manchester City, in that regard, initially may not be the ideal destination for the Netherlands under-19 international due to competition for places under Guardiola. However, with Fernandinho edging towards the end of his glittering Man City career and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan entering their 30s, Simons could gradually get opportunities if he decides to join the Sky Blues.
Plus, the meteoric rise of Phil Foden and academy kid Cole Palmer enjoying his breakout season with the first-team should give Simons a lot of optimism ahead of choosing his next home.
Considering how far Man City have come under Pep Guardiola, the highly-rated Dutch talent may have an easy decision to make from the clubs vying for his signature.