Manchester City follow loan star Herrera as Premier League rivals watch Granada midfielder

The Venezuela international has been in exceptional form for the Spanish club ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Manchester United

Manchester City are keeping track of Granada star on loan Yangel Herrera with the possibility of integrating him into Pep Guardiola’s first team next season.

Premier League rivals Southampton and West Ham and a number of La Liga clubs are also monitoring the situation for the Venezuelan midfielder, whose two-year loan term ends this summer.

The 22-year-old has been in exceptional form for the Spanish club this season and has the chance to show his potential when Granada take on Manchester United in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Why could he go back to City?

With veteran Brazil Fernandinho out of contract at the end of the season and no confirmation if he will get a new contract, City could be looking for a new defensive midfielder this summer.

Like all clubs in Europe, City have been financially hit by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and on Tuesday recorded losses of £ 126million ($ 173million) for the 2019-20 season.

City are expected to be on the lookout for a new forward this summer after Sergio Aguero’s departure is confirmed at the end of the season, so keeping Herrera could potentially lower transfer costs.

How has his career gone so far?

Herrera was spotted playing for Atletico Venezuela as a teenager, joined City in February 2017 and was loaned out to sister club New York City FC and SD Huesca before spending two seasons in Granada.

After signing a contract extension with City until 2024, he has become a key part of the Granada squad, helping them establish themselves in the top half of La Liga after their promotion in 2019.

Comparisons have been made with Douglas Luiz, who left City due to work permit issues but showed his quality at Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

What was said?

Former Arsenal and City player Patrick Vieira is considered one of the best defensive players in Premier League history and raved about Herrera when he was his coach at New York City FC .

“He’s a tactically intelligent midfielder who is strong in tackling and reads the game well,” said the Frenchman. “Yangel also has good passing range and a good spatial awareness which is crucial for a player in his position.”

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