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

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The Venezuela international has been in excellent 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 expires 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 Brazilian veteran Fernandinho out of contract at the end of the season and no confirmation as to whether he will get a new deal, City could be looking for a new defensive midfielder this summer.

Like all clubs across Europe, City has been financially affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and Tuesday posted losses of £ 126million ($ 173million) for the 2019-20 season.

City are expected to be on the hunt for a new striker this summer after confirmation that Sergio Aguero will leave at the end of the season thus keeping Herrera could potentially reduce transfer costs.

How did his career go 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 against 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 praised 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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