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Manchester City News: Pep Guardiola eye Mahmoud Dahoud transfer; Pablo Zabaleta exit to Serie A expected

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Photo courtesy: Thomas Rodenbücher/Wikipedia

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud to the Etihad Stadium. The 20-year-old Syrian midfielder could be involved in a transfer saga as Serie A outfit Juventus are also interested in the youngster.

City have to move fast with a transfer bid if they want to capture Dahound as Juventus are already eyeing a move for the player in January, 2017. The Bianconeri are preparing a transfer bid worth $16.5 million and will try to snatch for the player’s signature quickly, as reported by talkSPORT.

The chase for the player could intensify since Dahoud has a clause in his Gladbach contract which states that he must be allowed to leave if another club comes up with an offer of at least $10.26 million. Both City and Juventus are easily capable of matching the amount. Hence, in the end it will depend upon where the player wants to end up.

Dahoud has been staying in Germany for a long time now since his move to the country as an infant. The player joined the Gladbach academy back in 2010, where he developed as a player. He then moved through the academy ranks to earn himself a first-team spot in 2014. The player has since gone on to become a regular in the Gladbach starting XI.

Here is a video highlighting the talent Dahoud possesses.

Video courtesy: paleszhurts/YouTube.com

Meanwhile, there are reports claiming that Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta could leave the Etihad after his contract with the Citizens come to an end. Serie A outfits Inter Milan and Juventus are reportedly interested in the player’s signature, next summer.

Stephan Lichtsteiner is the present first-team right-back for the Bianconeri. The 32-year-old is expected to leave Turin in 2017 and Juventus sees Zabaleta as the perfect replacement for the player, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato.

However, it won’t be an easy road for Juventus to Zalabeta’s capture as Inter are also interested to sign the player. They have supposedly held talks with the 31-year-old Argentinian when City visited Camp Nou to face Barcelona, as reported by Sam Lee of Goal.com.

Zabaleta’s contract with City ends in June, next summer and he will become a free-agent. Despite the player starting 10 games under new manager Pep Guardiola this season, it seems unlikely that the Spaniard will depend on the player once Bacary Sagna recovers from his injury.

Photo courtesy: Thomas Rodenbücher/Wikipedia

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