Manchester City are considering a bid for Real Sociedad winger Mikel Oyarzabal, according to reports in the Spanish media.
The 22-year-old has a €75m (£68m) buyout fee that the Citizens are willing to pay. They would only trigger the release clause, though, if they sell Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich this summer.
Fans on Twitter were generally against the move for Oyarzabal with most preferring to keep Sane or go after another target instead:
Very good player, the next best thing in La Liga(don’t say much if you don’t watch it)
— Whawha🌜🌛 (@Momaverick83) July 28, 2019
Yes good player
— muñoz ss (@barcaandajax) July 28, 2019
if sane goes i wanna see sancho back
— HENDRIX (@_P_247) July 28, 2019
yeah that’s a downgrade so let’s not do that 👌🏻
— Stan Halen🌬🧸 (@noahpitetti) July 28, 2019
Get Sancho back, simple
— Rodrista (@aranyakpaul) July 28, 2019
Everton is my Choice
— Mathieu Durand (Haitian Sensation) (@mathieudurand69) July 28, 2019
Everton is better than this guy
— Hamilton He (@yaoherbert) July 28, 2019
I REPEAT! HE IS NOWHERE NEAR CLOSE TO SANE’s LEVEL!! THIS IS A JOKE! If anything add £60m to whatever we get from the Sane sale and get Mbappe! That’s what u call a replacement !!!
— Rodri_Is_The_Man (@stramblerasa) July 28, 2019
If we sell him, we’re stupid.
— Jaime Dodd (@JDSuker) July 28, 2019
Oyarzabal is a quality player I’d take him. He’s a good replacement
— danny jenkins (@JenkinsDanny) July 29, 2019
Oyarzabal scored 14 goals and laid on four assists in 41 appearances for Real Sociedad last season, and is highly rated in Spain.
He’s already made his debut for Spain’s senior side, scoring his first goal for his country in a Euro 2020 qualifier back in October. He scored the third after coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win against Sweden.
Oyarzabal generally plays from the left-wing, but he can also play from the right-hand side. For Spain, at the European Under 21 Championships earlier this summer, he actually was selected as a forward and scored against France in the semi-finals.