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Manchester City ‘like’ Bundesliga star but January transfer deemed ‘off-limits’ – Premier League playmaker also considered



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The talents of Bayer Leverkusen and Germany playmaker Florian Wirtz are admired by officials at Manchester City, according to a new report, but no approach is imminent.

Officials within the Etihad Stadium are becoming increasingly aware of a necessity to strengthen in central roles, with attacking midfield expected to move to the forefront of their attentions in the coming summer transfer windows.

With Kevin De Bruyne certainly not getting any younger, and continuous doubts over the long-term commitment of Bernardo Silva to the football club, an open space in Pep Guardiola’s attacking midfield could soon become available.

Having failed in pursuits of Jude Bellingham and Lucas Paqueta during the recent summer transfer window, Manchester City have seemingly reconsidered their options and drawn up an updated shortlist of attacking midfield talent.

According to the information of The Athletic’s Sam Lee, Manchester City ‘like’ Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz, but a January market move is ‘considered off-limits’ by those in relevant positions at the Etihad Stadium.

It is further explained that in short, no major movement is expected at Manchester City at the moment, and ‘certainly’ regarding players of Florian Wirtz’s calibre and presumably at the transfer fee that such a player would command.

Elsewhere among Manchester City’s other players of interest, West Ham and Brazil international Lucas Paqueta continues to be on the radar of the Premier League champions, according to Lee, but the player’s betting investigation has ‘put a hold’ on any possible move.

Matheus Nunes made the switch to Manchester City on deadline day of the most recent summer market, joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers at a time when the Treble winners were coming to terms with Kevin De Bruyne’s lengthy lay-off.

The Portugal international has had a mixed start to life at the Etihad Stadium, but has shown significant signs of improvement in recent weeks and his capabilities as an exceptional ball-carrying midfielder.