Man City stealing this 24-year-old out of favour Real Madrid star would strengthen a key position for Guardiola

Manchester City opinion: Should the Cityzens go for Marcos Llorente?

The Daily Star has reported that Manchester City are interested in a move for Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente. With Manchester City looking for a player to deputize in Fernandinho’s absence, the Cityzens believe that Llorente can be their cost-effective option.

A defensive midfielder by trade, the Spaniard is the definition of a midfield anchor. In the little time that he has played for Real Madrid, Marcos Llorente has been used as the lone pivot in a three-man midfield and has done it admirably.

He started out as an attacking midfielder but has adapted superbly to his deeper role, making his senior debut for the club in 2014.

A lack of game time has affected the 24-year old’s growth but that shouldn’t affect Manchester City’s move for him, as they look desperately in search of a Fernandinho replacement.

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The 33-year-old is an accomplished passer but also has a nasty side to his game. Fernandinho’s injury issues this season have made City vulnerable at times this season, as seen against Leicester City and Crystal Palace in December.

With age catching up, Manchester City are out looking for replacements and have shortlisted the likes of Saul Niguez (ESPN), Tanguy Ndombele (Daily Mail), and Rodri (Telegraph). Llorente is the latest among at that list.

Llorente’s development from a number 10 to a defensive midfielder will allow him to adjust to the Fernandinho role.

The 24-year-old has a great understanding of the game, covering when required and being aggressive when required.

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Marcos Llorente is certainly a cost-effective option. Real Madrid are not giving him the game time he needs, making this move a very real possibility.

Written by Siddhant Lazar

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