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Relentless Guardiola adds Crystal Palace dynamo to Man City wish list after agreeing terms with Wolves ace

Eberechi Eze and Matheus Nunes next to the Man City badge

Man City targets Eberechi Eze and Matheus Nunes

Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to sign one more midfielder before the transfer window closes and is now choosing between Eberechi Eze and Matheus Nunes, according to reports.

Kevin de Bruyne will be out for the foreseeable future due to injury, which means Man City might be looking at another reinforcement for their midfield. Earlier this summer, they signed Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea to replace the Barcelona-bound Ilkay Gundogan.

Recently, Man City identified West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta as someone they could add to their midfield, but they have had to put their interest in him on hold. Consequently, they are considering other options for the final few days of the transfer window.

Their interest in signing Nunes from Wolves was revealed recently. Now, an update from The Times has confirmed the Portugal international is on their wanted list – as is Eze from Crystal Palace.

The report claims Guardiola would be glad to sign either player, and that both Wolves and Palace are aware of City’s interest in their respective players (each of whom were born in 1998).

If they want to prise Eze away from Palace, they will have to meet an asking price that could be as high as £70m, according to the report. Such a windfall would give Palace a profit of around £50m.

Other sources such as the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail are also reporting that Nunes and Eze have become Man City targets at this late stage in the transfer window.

And in fact, The Guardian has suggested a bid worth more than €50m (£42.7m) is now on the table for Nunes, who cost Wolves £38m last year. Furthermore, City are said to have agreed personal terms for the Brazil-born ace.

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Eze and Nunes tipped to take next step

Nunes only joined Wolves last summer from Sporting CP and went on to make 34 appearances in his debut Premier League season.

Eze, meanwhile, has been with Palace since a 2020 transfer from QPR. Last season was his best yet in the top flight, since he played in all 38 league games and scored 10 goals.

It would be fair to say neither player are directly comparable, since they occupy different midfield roles, but they are both versatile options.

Palace’s No.10 Eze is more attack-minded than Nunes, who nevertheless is able to operate out wide as well as centrally. In Guardiola’s increasingly fluid system, either player might find themselves at home.

They would also benefit by stepping up to Champions League level. Nunes played in the competition during his last full season with Sporting, whereas Eze – who earned his senior international debut for England recently – never has.