One figure in Pep Guardiola’s squad that has played a massive part in getting the Citizens in this position is Kevin De Bruyne.
With 26 league appearances to his name, the Belgian has scored 11 goals and provided six assists in the process.
It’s undeniable that the midfielder is a crucial player for City, however, it seems as though the Manchester club may have their eye on bringing a new player to the Etihad Stadium that could be their next version of De Bruyne.
After working his way through Paris Saint-Germain’s youth system, the attacking midfielder joined the German club back in the 2019 summer transfer window in a deal worth a reported fee of €13m (£10.9m).
Since then, the Frenchman has gone on to make 132 appearances for the Bundesliga club across all competitions.
In those appearances, the 24-year-old has scored 43 goals and delivered 47 assists along the way, showing how much of an attacking and creative threat he is.
Labelled as a player that “has no weaknesses” by former Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch, Nkunku has also been praised for his ability to combine “creative technical qualities with an explosive burst,” according to Scouted Football on Twitter.
To compare him with De Bruyne, with six more league appearances to his name than the 30-year-old, the Frenchman has 18 goals and 13 assists.
The Leipzig star also has a higher percentage of shots on target (47.2%) than the City dynamo (41.9%), showing just how clinical he is.
Even from a defensive point of view, the former PSG youngster has shown what a capable figure he is by racking up the same number of tackles as De Bruyne (11), but more interceptions and successful pressures.
Moving forward, with the German side reportedly looking for a fee of £52m to sell their midfield maestro, this should definitely be in City’s thinking for the upcoming summer transfer window in terms of their potential recruitment.