Manchester City are weighing up a move for Brighton’s £30million-rated midfielder Yves Bissouma.
City are looking to recruit a central midfielder in the upcoming transfer window, with Fernandinho out of contract this summer and yet to agree a new deal.
West Ham and England’s £90m-rated midfielder Declan Rice is also on City’s radar, but Chelsea want to bring him back to Stamford Bridge, where he started out.
That has seen City cast their net wider, with 24-year-old Bissouma having emerged as a strong candidate to join Pep Guardiola’s Treble-chasing squad.
The Seagulls accept they are likely to lose Bissouma this summer, but will hold out for at least £30million, doubling their outlay on him.
Fernandinho provided proof of his enduring value to City with a midfield masterclass in their 2-0 win over Paris St Germain, which sealed their place in the Champions League final against Chelsea.
Brazil international Fernandinho, who marked his 36th birthday by guiding City to the final, has said he will wait until after the Istanbul showdown with Chelsea on May 29 before making a decision on his future.
He is part of the old guard of players slowly making their way out of the Etihad, with Vincent Kompany and David Silva already gone, and Sergio Aguero soon to follow.
Barcelona are interested in signing Aguero – who turns 33 this summer – and have reportedly opened talks with his representatives over a free transfer.
It is thought Aguero would welcome the chance to play alongside fellow countryman Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp, although Barcelona’s financial situation could prove a problem in the negotiations.