Manchester City Eyes Lyon Wonderkid as Riyad Mahrez Replacement

Manchester City

In a surprising turn of events, Manchester City is considering Lyon rising star, Bradley Barcola, as a potential replacement for Riyad Mahrez. The Cityzens have reluctantly accepted an offer to sell Mahrez to Al Ahli for around £30m. The Algerian forward agreeing to a staggering £45m per year salary to join the Saudi Pro League outfit. As the transfer window unfolds, City is actively seeking options to bolster their midfield. Other players, such as Gabri Veiga, are also being considered by the club.

The Youngster’s Emergence at Lyon

Bradley Barcola made his senior debut for Lyon in January 2023 and quickly established himself as a key player, showcasing his talent with five goals and eight assists in 25 Ligue 1 appearances. Despite his relative lack of experience, City’s scouts have been thoroughly impressed with the 20-year-old’s skills. PSG and RB Leipzig have also expressed interest in Barcola, with PSG pushing hard to strike a deal.

Despite attracting interest from top clubs, Bradley Barcola has expressed his desire to stay at Lyon for another season. He believes he needs more time to further develop and solidify his progress at the club. Lyon coach Laurent Blanc also advises him and Rayan Cherki not to rush into a move, emphasizing the importance of gaining more playing time and experience before making a switch to a bigger club.

Manchester City in Pursuit of Future Superstar from Lyon

City is keen on securing Bradley Barcola as they seek attacking reinforcements following the impending departure of Riyad Mahrez. While they had initially earmarked Raphinha as a possible replacement for Mahrez, his potential transfer to Barcelona could prove costly. Therefore, City has shifted its focus to Barcola, but Lyon’s asking price of €40 million remains a significant factor in any potential deal.

If Manchester City manages to secure Bradley Barcola’s signature, Pep Guardiola envisions a bright future for the young talent. Guardiola hopes that Barcola can follow a similar path to Julian Alvarez and achieve great success under his guidance. City aims to outline a plan for Barcola’s development and give him the platform to flourish in the coming years.

Lyon’s financial situation might play a role in the potential sale of Bradley Barcola. The club’s financial constraints could influence their decision to let go of the young forward if an attractive offer comes in. However, Lyon is not in a rush to sell him and may hold out for the right price. Especially considering his significant potential and impact on the team.

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