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Manchester City preparing to rival Real Madrid for on loan PSG star



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Manchester City are considering a summer move for PSG and RB Leipzig star Xavi Simons, but could face competition from a Spanish rival.

The 20-year-old, who moved to RB Leipzig on a season-long loan from PSG after an impressive campaign at PSV Eindhoven, started against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League last week.

Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of Group G with a late 3-1 victory at the Red Bull Arena, courtesy of goals from substitutes Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku in east Germany.

Xavi Simons was a standout performer for the Bundesliga club against the treble-winners, and the loanee could feature at the Etihad Stadium in November, when RB Leipzig travel to Manchester City in matchday four.

The young forward could even be set to play at the Etihad Stadium more regularly, as Manchester City are ‘lining up’ to sign the 20-year-old next summer, according to a report from SportBILD, relayed by Sport Witness.

The 20-year-old turned down the opportunity to move to the Premier League prior to signing for RB Leipzig, but the Dutchman is reportedly being monitored by Pep Guardiola’s side ahead of next summer.

Manchester City could however face fierce competition for the versatile forward’s signature, as La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid are also ‘watching’ the development of the PSG loanee.

A return to east Germany for a second spell at RB Leipzig is also yet to be ruled out, however interest from England and Spain could provoke a change, or lead to PSG using the player as part of the first-team.

Simons has been directly involved in seven goals in seven Bundesliga matches so far this season.

Manchester City signed Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig this summer, as the Croatian centre-back moved to the Premier League for £77.6 million following weeks of negotiations.

The 21-year-old, who featured against his former club last week, has made seven starts for Manchester City since moving from the Red Bull Arena.