Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder Julian Weigl is one of the names under consideration at Manchester City, who plan to add a new defensive midfielder to the squad next summer.
According to both The Guardian and Telegraph, the 22-year-old is a candidate to succeed Yaya Touré, who will end his long association with City in the summer when his contract expires.
The other natural deep-lying midfielder is Fernandinho, who is enjoying some of his best form ever at the age of 32, but Guardiola is short on support for the tireless Brazilian and has no obvious long-term successor on hand.
Often mentioned as a potential recruit for City, Weigl is in many ways the prototype Pep Guardiola midfielder, comfortable in a possession game with his superb passing, but also intelligent with his movement and press resistant.
Late in 2016, Weigl extended his Borussia Dortmund contract until June 2021, and any transfer would be an expensive one, but City will need a player for that position sooner rather than later.
Other midfielders linked with an Etihad switch in recent times have included highly-rated Lazio star Sergej Milinković-Savić and Liverpool’s Emre Can, who seems more likely to join Juventus according to the latest reports from Italy.
A defensive midfielder is one of three players Guardiola is specifically targeting to bulk up the City squad through until the end of the 2018-19 season, with a striker, most likely Alexis Sanchez, and centre-back, with Virgil van Dijk today’s hot name, the others.
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