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Forget Maguire – 3 top-class players Man City must target instead including £32m beast

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Manchester City opinion: 3 players to target instead of Harry Maguire

With Vincent Kompany announcing his departure, leaving the wealth of Manchester City for a player/manager role at Anderlecht, it leaves the club with a hole. One they need to plug or else face the wrath of not replacing arguably one of Manchester City’s best players with no-one.

They’ve been linked with a move for Harry Maguire. Spending that money on a player who isn’t a guaranteed starter doesn’t make a lot of sense.

But fear not, as there are always other options. That being said, here are three players Manchester City should target instead.

Dayot Upamecano

A phenomenal defender even on his bad days, the young Frenchman has been the cornerstone at RB Leipzig over the last few years. Tall, very fast and defensively incredible, Upamecano is a modern centre-back personified and he is also very cool on the ball.

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It’s why the move is perfect for Manchester City. Manchester City will want to make up for missing out on him as a 16-year-old. They were heavily linked with an offer of around £500,000 being reported in 2015 but nothing came of it in the end.

He moved to RB Salzburg in the same transfer window and two years later moved on to RB Leipzig, where he has flourished as a first-team star.

Kostas Manolas

Manchester City should take note. The Greek international has a paltry £32million release clause to his name, which is peanuts given his ability and performances.

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A mainstay in a struggling AS Roma back-line, the 27-year-old has been one of their few bright lights this season. His performances first gained notice last season when he scored a fabulous header to dump Barcelona out of the Champions League. But Serie A fans knew just how talented the centre-back was even before that.

Arguably one of the best moves that Manchester City can make, the release clause does mean that he comes for a lot lesser than Maguire. Combine that with his consistent and injury free presence in defence, and the Cityzens get a brilliant defender.

Matthijs de Ligt 

The man heavily linked with a move away, after his coming of age performances in both the Champions League and the Eredivisie. A phenomenal defender, De Ligt is one for the present and the future and a move is perfect for Manchester City.

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The Pep Guardiola type centre-back, the 19-year-old is the best example of the modern defender. He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet, averages a passing accuracy of 88% and combines that with a maturity well beyond his years.

So much so that clubs have been targeting him since the age of 17 and at the age of 19, he’s the Ajax captain. He also broke yet another record, becoming the youngest captain in the Champions League, outdoing the previous record by four years.

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It shows exactly why Manchester City needs to win the race and it’s a move that would work wonders.