Manchester City have been urged to make a move for Tanguy Ndombele, with Joleon Lescott considering the Lyon midfielder to be the “ideal Fernandinho replacement”.
With a Brazil international now 33 years of age, those at the Etihad Stadium need to start piecing together contingency plans.
A suitable successor to a key component in Pep Guardiola’s side will be required at some stage, and various options have been mooted.
Former City defender Lescott believes a raid on the ranks in Ligue 1 would be the best option, with there a 22-year-old at Lyon who would slip seamlessly into a holding role in Manchester.
“Tanguy Ndombele could be an ideal Fernandinho replacement at Man City when the time comes,” Lescott told Sportingbet of a player the Blues have targeted in the past.
“I think he has all the potential to go on to become a great player and achieve great things. I think players in Fernandinho’s position tend to get better with experience, but I think Ndombele is a player that could be a good fit.”