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Manchester City target young England and Germany defenders as overhaul approaches – report

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Michael Keane of England gestures to his team mates during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City are interested in signing two of England and Germany’s most talented young defensive prospects, according to an exclusive report in Sunday’s edition of The Sun.

England international Michael Keane, who recently partnered City centre-back John Stones in England’s 2-0 win over Lithuania, has impressed City with his performances for Burnley and his country this season. Everton were thought to be leading the £25 million race for the 24-year-old former Manchester United academy player, but Pep Guardiola is now weighing up a move for him as he considers options at the back.

Burnley are resigned to losing their most prized asset this summer, with a host of clubs interested in his services. With Stockport-born Keane also being ‘homegrown’, he would boost City’s English quota.

The other player linked isn’t a new name, after Sky Germany recently reported that City representatives had met his agent at a hotel in Germany. Bayer Leverkusen right-back Benjamin Henrichs is one of the country’s hottest prospects and has already been capped at senior level by the Germans, and in addition to City, Bayern Munich are thought to be admirers.

And The Sun back up the claims from Henrichs’ homeland that City are keen on the £17 million rated full-back, with new options needed as Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna come to the end of their deals.

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