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Manchester City shortlist a sensational replacement for Fernandinho

Manchester City are reportedly preparing a 30 million pound transfer to sign one of the Premier League’s most highly-rated defensive midfielders.

Manchester City are in the final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. However, Pep Guardiola is still hungry for more and has his high-set of ambitions set for next season including a lucrative squad revamp over the summer.

Sergio Aguero is set to leave the club at the end of the season and the Argentine striker could be joined by a fellow veteran- Fernandinho, whose contract runs out in June as well.

Signing a striker and a defensive midfielder would certainly be Guardiola’s priority for the summer transfer market. Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan have been linked with a move to Etihad Stadium to fill in Aguero’s shoes. Meanwhile,┬áDaily Star reports that Manchester City are preparing a 30 million pound move for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma.

The 24-year-old has made a name for himself this season with the Seagulls and is considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League alongside the likes of Declan Rice and Wilfred Ndidi. He is on contract with Brighton until the summer of 2023, however, Graham Potter’s side could consider cashing in on the midfielder for a hefty transfer fee.

Pep Guardiola is keen on signing Rice or Bissouma next season, however, the former Bayern Munich manager prefers signing the latter as he does not want to enter a bidding war with Chelsea who were close to signing the English midfielder earlier last summer.

The 24-year-old midfielder is undoubtedly one of the most exciting midfielders in the Premier League, however, at Manchester City, he would have to compete with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri for a place in the starting eleven. Finding consistent minutes could become an issue for Bissouma at Etihad Stadium given the high ceiling of competition.

Everton, Arsenal and West Ham have also shown interest in signing Yves Bissouma this summer transfer market. The aforementioned clubs can guarantee the 24-year-old a place in their starting eleven, however, the same cannot be said about the Sky Blues. In fact, Manchester City might even end up paying more than the proposed 30 million pounds due to the intense competition.

However, an opportunity to learn under Guardiola could be a key factor in convincing the Mali international to sign for them over the likes of the other interested clubs.