There’s just one gap in Manchester City's squad and that is a dependable cover for the vital but ageing Fernandinho.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola may have found a surprise solution to the problem, according to reports.
According to The Sun, City have been ‘making checks ahead of a shock deal' for Schalke's defensive midfielder Sebastian Rudy.
Guardiola is familiar with Rudy from his time as manager of Bayern Munich and reportedly sees the 28-year-old as a short-term solution as a backup for Fernandinho.
The German international's outstanding form at Hoffenheim earned him a free transfer to Bayern but he only lasted a season before moving to Schalke last summer.
Rudy has since struggled for form in a flailing Schalke side and reportedly may well be open to a short-term loan if there is a fee drawn in.
Cover for the Brazilian has proved to be Guardiola's main problem this season as City's Christmas blip coincided with Fernandinho being out of the team through injury.
The reported move for Rudy will likely bring in much needed back up as City continue to chase for the title.
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