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Manchester City round-up: City plan £40million Atletico double swoop; striker’s metatarsal horror; manager praises Aguero

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Manchester City round-up: City plan £40million Atletico double swoop; striker’s metatarsal horror; manager praises Aguero

Reports in The Sun this morning are claiming that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keen on signing Atletico Madrid brothers Lucas and Theo Hernandez once the current season ends.

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The duo, who both play in defence, are reportedly the target of a £40 million bid as the Spaniard looks to improve his defence ahead of a title-challenge next season.

Lucas, 20, has made 17 appearances already this season at centre-back whilst his 19-year-old brother Theo is on loan at fellow La Liga side CD Alaves; helping them to the Copa del Rey final.

According to the report, an unnamed person close to the club said:

“Pep remains hot on the trail of the pair. He is a big fan of them and has been keeping an eye out. There was interest last summer. Pep has sent his best man to have a closer look at them.”

Pep Guadiola’s side have conceded 29 goals so far this season, more than top-four rivals Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Manchester City will most likely be without their 19-year-old forward Gabriel Jesus for at least four weeks after it was announced earlier today that the Brazilian has broken his metatarsal.

Jesus was forced off inside the opening fifteen minutes of City’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last night after injuring his foot trying to reach a Raheem Sterling cross.

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BBC Sport have reported this afternoon that the injury is worse than Guardiola had initially feared, and the City striker could now face a lengthy span on the side-line.

A source at Manchester City said:

“He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his layoff.” 

Jesus has scored three times in his opening three Premier League appearances since arriving from Brazilian champions Palmeiras in January, and will be a huge miss for Pep Guardiola’s side.

With Jesus off injured after thirteen minutes last night, it gave the out-of-favour Sergio Aguero a chance to prove a point to his manager after the recent speculation over his Manchester City future.

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The Argentinian, who had been left on the bench for the third successive league match, came on and forced Tyrone Mings to turn the ball into his own net – and the 28-year-old received praise from his manager.

After the match, Guardiola said:

“Sergio played good. He fought and scored a goal for his confidence and I am so happy for him. He was important before the game and is still important.”

Manchester City returned to second in the Premier League after their victory on Monday evening, and they will look to close the gap further on Chelsea when they next face Sunderland in March.

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