Manchester City will surely be in the market for a new striker at the end of the season, but other areas will be targeted for strengthening.
A new holding midfielder may be needed given that Fernandinho is out of contract and could leave on a free transfer.
This week, the Daily Mail reported that City are already eyeing up a summer deal for Sassuolo ace Manuel Locatelli, which would cost around £30million.
Juventus and Locatelli’s former club AC Milan are also thought to be interested, meaning there is a real battle on for his signature.
The 23-year-old was once touted as Andrea Pirlo’s heir at Milan, but ended up leading for Sassuolo in 2018, initially on loan before turning the deal permanent a year later.
He is now a key part of Roberto De Zerbi’s exciting Sassuolo side, serving as the chief playmaker in the side – and that could make him competition for Rodri at City.
City fans have been reacting to the rumours, suggesting that Locatelli is a ‘great player’ and better than fellow City target Denis Zakaria.
Others called him a ‘baller’ and a ‘bargain’ at £30million, and an ideal player to fit into Pep Guardiola’s side if City don’t re-sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa.
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