English giants Manchester City is now looking for a player to replace Fernandinho, who is no longer young. The Brazil international is a key player who dictates in the midfield of Manchester City.
Fernandinho has been at City since 2013 and has been a standout performer for Pep Guardiola's side again this season.
The defensive midfielder's importance to Guardiola's side was evident when City lost two of the three matches he missed through injury in December.
Fernandinho's return to the side coincided with back to back victories over Southampton and Liverpool, the latter in which he was one of the stand-out performers in helping City edge a crucial win against the leaders.
This performance was one of his best for City when it mattered most, which only further emphasized the need for City to find an alternative option in the holding role given they could potentially end up playing close to 60 games in all competitions this season.
Although he is no longer young, Manchester City still relies heavily on Fernandinho. Fernandinho himself will be 34 years old before the end of the season. This is a headache of Manchester City who is worried about the veteran player's stamina.
According to reports, Manchester City are looking for a replacement figure for Fernandinho. Well, the potential target to be brought by Pep Guardiola is the young star who is now playing with West Ham United,Declan Rice.
Rice is believed to be Fernandiho's successor because the 19-year-old is performing beautifully with West Ham this season.
City would want the young footballer to spend a year playing with Fernandinho before allowing him to take on the mantle.
Reports says, Guardiola will monitor Rice throughout the season to get an idea whether the player can maintain his neat role.
Meanwhile, Rice has just signed a new five-year contract with West Ham. So if Guardiola wants to bring Rice, West Ham is believed to be asking for a big price.
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