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Pep Guardiola in search of a new midfield ‘brain’ after Toni Kroos opts for Madrid stay

Pep Guardiola’s affinity for his former Bayern Munich midfielder, Toni Kroos, is well documented. City were interested in the Germany midfielder during the summer, but he decided to stay at Real Madrid and has now extended his contract at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2022.

According to Marca, Kroos is the player that Pep wanted to be his midfield ‘brain’, the man to pull the strings for his Manchester City team. Fernandinho has stepped in and is doing an excellent job in a similar role, but Guardiola may want multiple players for a position he deems so important.

Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Etihad in the past and the 21-year-old continues to shine in the Bundesliga, meaning City’s attention could return to him next summer. Weigl and recent City signing, İlkay Gündoğan, formed an effective partnership for BVB last season with Weigl operating in the deeper role.

Germany U21 midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud has also been mooted as a possible target for Guardiola, while City asked Roma about the availability of 22-year-old Argentine midfielder, Leandro Paredes, during the summer.

Guardiola’s prodigal son, Thiago Alcântara, is another name that can’t be ruled out but he recently ditched Pep’s brother, Pere Guardiola, as his agent, perhaps indicating that the chances of a move to the Etihad are small for the 25-year-old Spaniard.

Pep could even look in-house, with City youngster Aleix García showing great promise in his midfield role.

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