Guardiola and company are determined to transfer to the winger and already have a figure in their sights to take his place.
In the middle of the year 2015, Manchester City He spent a large amount of money to get the services of Raheem Sterling, then a figure of Liverpool and the English Premier League in general. And the truth is that the winger did not take long to join the offensive scaffolding of the powerful British team, contributing speed, technique and goal.
However, in recent times, the native of Kingston, Jamaica, lost prominence in a convincing way in the consideration of Josep Guardiola, his coach. Therefore, taking into account his high salary, Manchester City began to seriously consider the possibility of making a transfer in this transfer market.
In the midst of that scenario, those interested in Sterling, 27, continue to accumulate. First they were Spanish La Liga giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona. And later other teams from the English Premier League such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur joined. Yes, there are plenty of suitors.
Under that orbit, the renowned Italian sports journalist Nicolò Schira revealed in the last hours that Manchester City has already chosen the potential replacement for Sterling, who accumulates no more and no less than 131 annotations and 78 assists after 339 official commitments with the Pep Guardiola’s team.
Although there is still no confirmation on the sale of Sterling, in Manchester City they do not waste time. After finalizing the landings of two other strikers in Erling Haaland and Julián Álvarez, the Citizens put their focus on a winger who can do the job of the British winger. And that end is none other than Rafael Leao.
The Portuguese, just turned 23, has just been absolutely decisive in the conquest of the Serie A title in Italy by Milan. The former Sporting Lisbon and Lille player unbalanced game after game during the final stretch of the aforementioned domestic competition, scoring really important goals.
However, the departure of Rafael Leao from Milan does not look easy at all, since the player has an impressive termination clause €150 millionin addition to having a contract until June 30, 2024. Likewise, in Manchester City they trust in being able to reach an agreement with Rossonero to lower that figure considerably.