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City Set To Rival United As They Eye Another Potential Fernandinho Successor

Manchester City have joined Manchester United in pursuing Benfica defensive midfielder Florentino, according to Record. The Portuguese publication say the Citizens have been following the 20-year-old as a potential replacement for Fernandinho.

The club signed Rodri from Atletico Madrid in the summer for £63m with many believing he was the Brazilian’s long term successor but it seems manager Pep Guardiola may be considering other options as well.

United were linked with Florentino earlier this month, and they reportedly had scouts in attendance when Benfica beat Braga 4-0 last week. The holding midfield player played a part in the opening goal, after being fouled in the box before Pizzi put away the penalty.

The Portuguese Under 20 international has only made 19 senior appearances in his career so far, but manager Bruno Lage has started him in all five of Benfica’s matches so far this campaign. City scouts will likely be keeping a close eye on him over the coming weeks and months.