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Saul – City’s number one goal for the role of Fernandinho’s successor

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Atletico midfielder Saul became Manchester City’s number one goal for the role of Fernandinho’s successor.

For several transfer windows in a row, the Citizens were trying to find a player who could replace Fernandinho in the future. In the coming summer, City will oblige to buy such a footballer. It’s just impossible to continue the search because the Brazilian will turn 34 in May.

The media has been connecting many players with City in recent months, but the Daily Mirror claims that Saul, 24, is at the top of this list.

Saul still has two years under the contract at Madrid, which includes a fixed compensation of £130 million. Naturally, such a price is excessive, even for Etihad.

At City, they are optimistic about their chances to acquire the Spain national team’s player, although they understand that they will still have to update their transfer record. The record was set with Riyad Mahrez’s £60 million transfer from Leicester last summer.

According to the publication, the Premier League champions began to make inquiries about Saul back at the end of the previous calendar year.

At Etihad, they hope that the player will be interested in working with his compatriot Josep Guardiola – this would simplify the process of negotiations with Atletico regarding the amount of compensation.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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