MANCHESTER CITY is said to be very interested in a brace for Karim Benzema and Pedri, with Raheem Sterling set to open the way.
Pep Guardiola is keen to add a brilliant striker to his attack, with Gabriel Jesus his only option at the moment.
Spanish store El Nacional reports that City have ‘forgotten’ about the move for Harry Kane, after the England captain scored just one Premier League goal this season.
They have instead ‘contacted’ Benzema’s representatives, who are ‘very receptive’ to the possibility of a move to the Premier League.
Benzema, 33, has been a starter for Los Blancos since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, but that will change in the summer.
Kylian Mbappe is tipped to move to the Bernabeu, with Erling Haaland also a target.
A move to two of world football’s hottest playing fields is sure to see Benzema’s game time plummet, so a move to Man City who lacks the number nine is an attractive prospect. for the French player.
Elsewhere, Guardiola is preparing for a future without Sterling.
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The Englishman has only started four Premier League games this season and is the subject of continued interest from Barcelona.
Another El Nacional The report says that Xavi is ready to make the 26-year-old an ‘undisputed starter’ at Camp Nou, something Guardiola did not offer at the Etihad.
However, the Catalan team did not have enough money that Man City wanted £ 60 million for the winger.
A January loan move has been rumored, although the club are only able to cover half of his £300k-a-week wages.
Barca offered a swap deal involving Ousmane Dembele in the summer, but Guardiola only had his eye on midfielder Pedri.
The 19-year-old was recently named the 2021 Golden Boy and was previously considered one of Barcelona’s most valuable assets.
However recent injury problems mean that president Joan Laporta no longer considers the Spain international ‘untouchable’, and may be prepared to let him go.
He has played just 158 minutes in La Liga this season.
Guardiola is open to parting ways with Sterling if it means landing on Pedri, but the 72-year-old Englishman is said to be reluctant to leave Manchester.
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