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Manchester City scouting presence confirmed at Portuguese league match

Manchester City have a strong scouting presence in Spain and Portugal, with Etihad talent-spotters regularly known to attend games in search of players not only for the Blues, but other clubs in the City Football Group.

A recent example came on Saturday night at the Parque Joaquim de Almeida Freitas, when Moreirense hosted Sporting CP and held the 18-time Primeira Liga champions to a 1-1 draw. As reported by A Bola, Manchester City officially had a scout there, along with the likes of Manchester United, Mónaco, Rennes, Nice, Eibar and Celta Vigo.

While it isn’t known who City’s man was there to observe, at least two candidates stand out as possibilities. They are William Carvalho, the burly defensive midfielder who was frequently linked with a move to City in the summer, before a transfer to West Ham collapsed. The 25-year-old Portugal international still can’t get his much rumoured move to the Premier League, but remains highly rated and is represented by Pere Guardiola, Pep’s older brother and CFG ally.

Another player of interest, who was also linked with City briefly in the summer, is 22-year-old winger Gelson Martins. Like William, he played the entire 90 minutes against Moreirense.

A player who hasn’t been mentioned but may be of some interest is Bruno Fernandes, an exceptionally talented midfielder who has 5 goals in 6 games this season for Sporting. He is capable of playing as both a defensive and attacking midfielder, and in his current form could be on the move to a top European side before too long.

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