Guardiola to listen to offers for City man with German replacement eyed

Date published: Monday 1st March 2021 1:15 - James Marshment

Robin Gosens Atalanta full-back

Manchester City are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer – and have identified an Atalanta star as his replacement in the side.

Zinchencko only featured for 17 Premier League minutes in the first half of the season. However, since the turn of the year, he’s made the left-back berth his own, making nine starts amid a stunning run of City form.

However, despite his return to the side, Tuttomercatoweb claims Pep Guardiola has plans to move the Ukrainian on this summer. Indeed, the Italian outlet claims City want to raid Atalanta for Robin Gosens as his possible successor.

The 26-year-old Germany international has carved out a reputation as one of the game’s top left-backs. Since signing for Atalanta in 2017, he has made 135 appearances, scoring 24 times.

TMW claims Gosens was almost the subject of an approach from Guardiola in January. However, the City boss will now follow up his interest in Gosens and make a big-money approach to bring him to the Etihad.

The article describes Gosens as ‘inevitably a great market man’ because of his ‘quality, quantity and constant performances’ for Atalanta.

Gosens will have just a year left on his deal come this summer, enhancing City’s chances of bringing Gosens to the Premier League. He was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer.

His loss will be a huge blow for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side. This season alone, Gosens has nine goals and six assists from his left wing-back role.

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Rivaldo uges Messi to sign for City

Barcelona legend Rivaldo feels Lionel Messi should choose to join Manchester City if he leaves the Nou Camp this summer.

Messi, 33, will be out of contract at Barca at the end of the season. It seems highly likely that the Argentina superstar will end his 21-year stay at the Catalan club.

The South American was eager to leave last summer but a contract dispute saw him remain with Barca. However, there will be nothing preventing him from beginning a new chapter in his career this time around.

Although there will be no transfer fee involved, Messi will not come cheap. His wage demands will likely dwarf anything seen previously at the clubs vying for his signature.

The South American will have the pick of the crop to choose from and City may well be an attractive proposition. Rivaldo certainly thinks so.

The man who scored 130 goals for the La Liga giants points to three big factors in their favour.

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