Man City To Spend £34m On Italian Wonderkid, Could Replace Phillips

Pep Guardiola will hope to get a backup for Rodri in the summer and Man City have reportedly identified an Italian wonderkid Giorgio Scalvini as the perfect player to suit their playing style.

Rodri, arguably the most important City player has no competition in the heart of City midfield. The holding midfielder is the only irreplaceable player in Pep Guardiola’s squad. He has started almost all the matches this campaign and did the same the previous season.

In 2021, Man City splashed a huge amount of money to bring Kalvin Phillips to the Etihad from Leeds United to relieve the Spain international of his duty, but Phillips failed to adapt to Pep’s tactics and couldn’t justify the money paid for his service.

Phillips left for West Ham United in January and the City’s problem continues, particularly with many more games to play this campaign. Rodri may be tired of delivering at the highest level in the next few years, therefore, a backup is needed for the Spanish midfielder.

According to InterLive.it, Man City have shown interest in the 20-year-old Giorgio Scalvini and the Premier League champions are ready to spend €40m (£34m) to bring him to Manchester next summer.

Scalvini plays naturally as a , but can play as a holding midfielder and has been doing so perfectly, therefore, he might be the player that City need, especially with his versatility.

Despite still only being 20, the Italian already has 7 caps at senior level for his country. He will hope to be part of the Italian squad for the forthcoming EURO 2024.

Meanwhile, the youngster will also serve as a competitor for John Stones whose recent role at Man City involved playing alongside Rodri at the midfield. Scalvini who has mastered the art of playing as a defender and midfielder could effortlessly replace Stones in the squad.

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