Manchester City consider Germany midfielder as short-term cover for Fernandinho – report

Manchester City could make a late January move for a player who is set to face them in the next stage of the Champions League, with the Blues making checks on Schalke’s Sebastian Rudy, Alan Nixon of Sun Sport reports.

City are considering Rudy, 28, as a short-term loan option as emergency cover for Fernandinho, for whom there is a lack of natural back-ups with Pep Guardiola still yet to bring in a successor for the Brazilian.

And despite facing City in the Round of 16 over two legs in February and March, it is reported that the Germans could be open to doing business if City offer a considerable loan fee for the 27-cap Germany international.

The deal would see Rudy join for the rest of the season before returning to Gelsenkirchen in the summer, at which point City would be better placed to bring in a permanent signing to reinforce the midfield.

Guardiola knows Rudy well from his time in the Bundesliga when the player featured for Hoffenheim, and he went on to join Pep’s former club Bayern Munich, where he made 35 appearances in the 2017-18 season before joining Schalke this campaign.

Rudy was also in Joachim Löw’s 23-man Germany squad for the 2018 World Cup and has a wealth of experience, making him a potentially useful short-term option for City.

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