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Manchester City keeping tabs on Chelsea and Barcelona target!

The Premier League Champions are scouting the player and could be in bidding war with Barcelona.

Manchester City fans and Pep Guardiola are sweating over the fitness of Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte. The position in which they play is important. The absence of Fernandinho have resulted in defeats for the Pep Guardiola’s side. Manchester City doesn’t have a second fiddle to centre defensive midfield and left back and will be hoping quick recovery of the two. It seems Guardiola is already looking to strengthen that position in summer. Manchester City couldn’t sign De Jong and it seems they are monitoring the situation of this Barcelona and Chelsea target.

Manchester City are keeping tabs on Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic. The 21-year-old is the Bundesliga’s top scorer this season. His performance has attracted interest from Barcelona and Chelsea, with the Catalans understood to be at the front of the queue for his signature. The striker is on a two-year loan from Benfica and Frankfurt are hopeful they can trigger a clause to sign him outright for €6 million this summer, before selling him on for €60 million. Barcelona, for their part, hope to sign him for €40m. That kind of price would appeal to City, who have prioritised other areas for reinforcement in the upcoming transfer window. The Premier League champions will move for a holding midfielder and a left-back, but sources have told Goal that they have been monitoring Jovic closely in recent months.

It is not yet clear whether City are ready to make a concrete move, as the Premier League club have form when it comes to biding their time over transfer targets. This time last year, for example, they were tracking Tanguy Ndombele before he made his loan move from Amiens to Lyon permanent. City prioritised a move for Jorginho instead but have now returned to Ndombele, who features heavily in their summer transfer plans.

Likewise, they held several meetings with Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt’s representatives at the end of last season, but never held any hope of actually signing him in the summer of 2018. The Dutchman remains one of the club’s targets, however. Jovic has scored 15 Bundesliga goals this season, two more than Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who is second in the Bundesliga golden boot standings. The Serbia international became Red Star Belgrade’s youngest goalscorer when he opened his account at just 16 years of age, and this season he became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to score five goals in a single game.

Author’s Take:

Manchester City already lost the race to Barcelona over the signature of Frenkie De Jong. Guardiola’s main areas for strengthening remain in central midfield and at left back. Manchester City should be looking for a replacement of Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy before signing Jovic.

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