The midfield stars have shone brightly for Manchester City in the past with some of the world’s best gracing the Etihad. Now, there could be a Brazilian joining the ranks.
Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Yaya Toure have all excited the Premier League with their individual performances kickstarting a period of domestic dominance.
Another new addition could be joining the ranks though with a report from ESPN Brazil suggesting that City officials and management team are keen on signing one of their Samba stars.
Lucas Paqueta to be precise, and a name that will probably not excite most, with fans likely to deem him surplus to requirements from the start.
The report claims that Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been in contact in recent weeks, attempting to lure him away from Lyon despite him being settled in the South of France.
However, he has made his intentions clear to remain with the French side.
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His performances last season saw him being crowned the best foreigner in Ligue 1 last season, despite the club finishing eighth and out of European qualification.
However there is hope for Peter Bosz’s team this year after they rebuild with the signings of Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette.
Rumours are rumours when it comes to transfers and multiple sources are untrustworthy, especially if not spoken by journalist, Fabrizio Romano. It is hard to see the credibility of these rumours considering the talent that City has within the advanced midfield options.
Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Cole Palmer, İlkay Gündoğan and Phil Foden are all more than capable to fill that attacking creative midfield option with ease in all competitions.
Should the rumours be true, and City were sounding the option of buying the Brazilian then it will likely cover a departure of one of their stars.
That player is likely to be Bernardo Silva after he reportedly expressed his wish to join Barcelona should an official bid be made.
The opportunity to sign the player, who started his career with Flamengo, next year could be likely as Gündoğan’s contract has expired and Raheem Sterling is likely to leave a hole which will likely be covered by Phil Foden or Cole Palmer.
Times are changing for City with a number of departures sounded out over the summer but these links show that Txiki Begiristain and Pep Guardiola are continuing their dominance within the English game with shrewd signings and business.