Manchester City have reportedly placed the versatile on-loan Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Xavi Simons onto their transfer radar.
Last season’s Treble winners have the opportunity to monitor Simons personally in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, as they face RB Leipzig both home and away at the first stage of the tournament.
The 20-year-old started against Pep Guardiola’s men in the first of their two meetings in the group stage this season earlier this month, causing the Manchester City defence plenty of problems during a phase of the game when the Bundesliga side were on top.
Ultimately, it was Manchester City who emerged victorious thanks to a 1-3 scoreline after substitutes Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku put the game beyond any doubt late on in the contest at the Red Bull Arena.
After the game, a new report emerged that claimed the Premier League champions would be monitoring Xavi Simons – who is currently playing in eastern Germany on a loan agreement from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
That is according to the information of iPaper’s Mark Douglas, who claims that PSG’s Xavi Simons, currently on loan at RB Leipzig, is understood to be on Manchester City’s transfer radar, in a clear sign that the Premier League champions are looking to the long term.
Xavi Simons is currently in inspired form in Bundesliga action for Marco Rose’s side, having scored three goals and provided a further four assists across seven appearances in Germany’s top tier of club football.
The Netherlands international was a member of Barcelona’s esteemed youth academy for nine years between 2010 and 2019, before joining PSG having failed to agree a new contract with the Spanish club.
Simons’ three-year initial contract with the Ligue 1 side was reportedly worth up to €1 million annually, and given his highly-rated profile in Paris, it is expected that any club wishing to sign the player will have to provide a significant financial outlay to both club and player.
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