Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is pondering a summer swoop for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, according to The Independent.
Even though winning the Premier League title is almost a formality for the North-West outfit as they have a 13-point lead with six games left to play, they once again fell short in the Champions League.
City were hit 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool in the quarter-finals, and now attention will turn to potential new arrivals this summer.
The Independent reports that Guardiola is keen to recruit a new defensive midfielder, but that the criteria has changed.
The publication claims that the manager is now looking for a decent passer of the ball rather than simply a sturdy presence, which is why Weigl has emerged as an option.
With Fernandinho edging towards mid-thirties, it is important for the blue half of Manchester to consider replacements.
Weigl does not exactly fit in the same category as the Brazilian, but he has the passing range that would fit Guardiola’s new criteria.
The 22-year-old has been part of the Dortmund team since 2015 following a switch from 1860 Munich, and this season has started 16 Bundesliga matches.
The German midfielder is still developing his game, so there could be questions over whether he could handle the pressure of the Premier League.
However, the young player is featuring on a regular basis at Dortmund, and the opportunity to perfect his craft under Guardiola would be difficult to turn down.