Early last month, Fernandinho confirmed that he would be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season. He revealed it to the press before his manager, Pep Guardiola, who was surprised by it when he was told. He wanted him to stay, but the Citizens have moved on and will look for a replacement this summer.
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Journalist Fabrizio Romano, who specializes in the market, reported on his social networks. It may seem obvious, but, ultimately, there are clubs that choose not to hire substitutes depending on the profile of the player who is leaving. In this case, he was a key player in his coach's schemes.
This season, he has already taken the field 28 times, 13 of them as a starter, and has two goals and three assists. He came off the bench against Real Madrid in the second leg of the semifinals. Five minutes after he came on, Carlo Ancelotti's men quickly equalized with a double from Rodrygo.
To fill Fernandinho's place in the City squad, the board will have to find a balanced midfielder, not exactly a goalscorer, to give balance to Guardiola's lineups. Guardiola himself will have plenty of time to discuss with the club's top brass what profiles fit his aspirations.
Who would be Guardiola's replacement?
Paul Pogba's destination seems to be far from Manchester United or not so far. Surprisingly, the 'Daily Mail' has reported that Manchester City is trying to get the French midfielder's signature, whose contract with the Red Devils expires on June 30.
The 29-year-old would arrive at his current team's backyard rival to reinforce the midfield, a sector in which Pep Guardiola would like to have more players after the already confirmed departure of Fernandinho at the end of this season.
Although the operation seems far-fetched, it would not be impossible. Of course, City will have big rivals in the fight for Pogba, as Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus also want to have the World Cup winner in Russia 2018.