Pep Guardiola has given minutes at senior level to nine teenagers this season – Romeo Lavia (90 mins), Josh Wilson-Esbrand (72), CJ Egan-Riley (90), Finley Burns (90), Luke Mbete (90), Samuel Edozie (65), Cole Palmer (224), Ben Knight (16) and James McAtee (18) – and has his sights set on a youngster from Paris Saint-Germain, says Fichajes.
The Manchester City boss has Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan who can operate in an attacking-midfield role, but Manchester City have their eyes on a young alternative who could be a long-term replacement – Xavi Simons, an 18-year-old midfielder who’s briefly broken into PSG’s first-team.
Simons joined the Parisians on a three-year deal from Barcelona in 2019 and has gone on to make 10 appearances for the U19s and two for the first-team. He’s represented the national team at U19 level too, so he has a bright future ahead of him. Barcelona would like to bring Simons back to Spain, but it remains to be seen if the teenager would return.
It’s also unknown what he thinks of joining City too. But the fact he’s out of contract in the coming months opens the door to a departure.