Pep Guardiola Planning ‘Shock’ Loan Move To Bring In Cover For Fernandinho

Cover For Fernandinho

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.

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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.

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The reported move for Rudy will likely bring in much needed back up as City continue to chase for the title.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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