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Manchester City monitoring contractual situation of £70 million-rated Premier League star



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Officials at the Etihad Stadium are reportedly keeping a continued eye on the contractual situation of Eberechi Eze at Crystal Palace.

The 25-year-old emerged as a shock transfer target for the Premier League champions towards the end of the most recent summer transfer window, as Manchester City looked to prepare themselves for life without Kevin De Bruyne for a prolonged period of the season.

The Belgian international playmaker sustained a hamstring injury during the opening Premier League game of the season away to Burnley, and was forced to undergo surgery in order to avoid a repeat of the same problem further down the line.

As such, Manchester City are expected to be without De Bruyne until the early stages of 2024, and were forced into recruiting Matheus Nunes from Wolverhampton Wanderers on transfer deadline day after realising that a deal for the aforementioned Eze would not be possible.

While City may have failed in their pursuit of the versatile Englishman, a new report has provided information that could be a hint towards a pursuit of the London-born attacking midfielder in future markets.

That is according to the information of Football Insider’s Pete O’Rourke, who claims that Manchester City remain keen on Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace and are continuing to monitor the situation of the Selhurst Park star.

It is understood in some quarters that Palace would be open to some level of negotiations if a potential suitor was willing to offer in excess of £70 million for Eberechi Eze – an amount that City were not prepared to put on the table during the summer months.

Matheus Nunes has started life at the Etihad Stadium in fine fashion, slotting into Pep Guardiola’s midfield with relative ease and offering creativity and energy in a demanding area of the pitch for the European champions.

Nunes could start upon City’s return to domestic action this weekend, as Manchester City host Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium following the conclusion of the international break.