Manchester City are eyeing a move for Crystal Palace attacker Eberechi Eze this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
City are now targeting Eze after their move for Lucas Paqueta fell through due to the Brazilian international being investigated for betting rule breaches.
They have reportedly sent scouts to watch Palace over the past six months and have been impressed with Eze’s ability to set the tempo and control games.
Eze had been showing glimpses of his talent but came into his own last season as he bagged ten goals and four assists in 38 Premier League appearances.
His performances earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad in June, winning his first cap for the Three Lions.
City insist they have only been monitoring his progress, but they may formalise their interest with an offer.
Palace will demand north of £70 million from potential suitors, with the transfer window set to close next week.
However, with only two years remaining on the five-year deal he signed when he initially joined, Palace could accept a bid for him.
According to The Atheltic, Man City are also pondering a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Matheus Nunes.
Wolves don’t want to lose the Portuguese midfielder, who joined the club last summer. He has impressed at Molineux, attracting interest from Liverpool.
It remains unclear which option City will sign between Nunes and Eze, but they need at least one addition to their squad.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola, who is currently recuperating from surgery on his back, is desperate to sign attacking reinforcements.
Guardiola will be without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian suffered an injury that ruled him out until January.
While City have Mateo Kovacic, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer and James McAtee in their ranks, they need another midfield arrival.
They are reportedly closing in on a move for forward Jeremy Doku from Rennes in a deal worth around £60 million.
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