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From Spain: Manchester City and Barcelona showing interest in €25m Villarreal star

Manchester City are being linked with midfielders far and wide right now, particularly those capable of playing in the ‘No. 6’ role with Frenkie de Jong in pole position to become Fernandinho’s long-term successor at the Etihad Stadium.

From Spain today comes a link to a fresh name not heard before, with Spanish newspaper Marca claiming that Pep Guardiola’s City are one of the clubs to have shown interest in twice-capped Spain international Pablo Fornals.

The 22-year-old Villarreal player has developed rapidly this season and was recently called up by Spain boss Luis Enrique. What makes the player an even more attractive proposition is that he has a very reasonable buy-out clause of €25 million (£22.1 million) and can play in any midfield position.

City are named alongside Paris Saint-Germain as clubs to have expressed some level of interest, but it is Barcelona who seem to have Fornals more in their crosshairs more than anyone as they look to strengthen their midfield.

Fulham and West Ham have made approaches for Fornals, but the standard of team interested in him has risen. It isn’t clarified by Marca how heavy City or PSG’s interest is, but the player himself will not consider a move until the summer.

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