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Manchester City consider £50m Crystal Palace star as part of summer transfer plans – report

Manchester City have former Manchester United winger turned Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha in their sights as they look to add several signings to their title-winning squad this summer, Mike McGrath of The Sun reports.

Zaha, 25, is valued at around £50million and has previously been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, with Pep Guardiola thought to be a fan of the speedy Ivory Coast international.

The player has no concerns about a return to Manchester following an unhappy spell in his younger days at Manchester United, though City could face competition from Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea for him.

Guardiola missed out on Alexis Sanchez and Riyad Mahrez in January, but still wants a wide man who can play as a striker, and an added benefit of Zaha is that he will count as a “homegrown” player having graduated from the Crystal Palace academy.

Zaha has scored 7 goals in 24 Premier League starts this season, a good return, and has often played in a central role as well as out wide, the sort of versatility that Pep will be looking for.

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City are considering a number of options for the attack, with another player watched being the Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey. Eden Hazard remains the dream, albeit an unrealistic one with Chelsea almost certain to refuse a sale to a domestic rival.

In addition to a wide attacker, City will sign a defensive midfielder this summer, with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcântara the latest of many mentioned.

And depending on the longevity of club captain Vincent Kompany, Guardiola may also move for another centre-back, with Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt linked in the Sunday papers.

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