Pep identifies three midfield targets and Mendy replacement needed

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hás identified three or four midfielders to give cover for Fernadinho with  Frenkie De Jong from Ajax, Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Wolves’ Ruben Neves rumoured with Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell a target.

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“It’s so difficult to find,” he said of players with Fernandinho’s profile. “He knows the Premier League, after three years together here, he knows everything and that’s so important.” He told the media in the pre-match conference.

“We need a guy who has physicality, can read where our spaces are to attack,” he said. “As many things as he can do, the better. It’s not easy to find one player who can do everything.”

Asked if he has identified anybody capable of fitting the bill, he replied: “Yeah we’ve seen many. There are three or four we are looking at, searching for that position.”

On the left-back position with Benjamin Mendy out injured

“We survived well last season, this season too,” he said of Mendy. “But we are thinking about that yeah. I cannot assure you as I’m delighted with the players I have, but we are going to look at that option.”

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