Manchester City are lucky to get their only piece of silverware this season if they claim victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend.
Riyad Mahrez is a man who has played an important role in City’s title chase this season.
With 27 appearances and only 14 starts to his name in the current campaign, the Algerian winger has scored 11 goals and provided five assists. That leaves only Kevin De Bruyne (15) and Raheem Sterling (13) having found the net more often.
The 31-year-old’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium is set to expire in the summer of 2023.
With that in mind, it looks like the club have already identified a player who could come in and be their next version of the Algerian striker.
What are the news?
According to a recent report from The Sun, City are potential suitors for Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka should the England international seek to leave the north London club.
The report added that Saka’s future with the Gunners could be in jeopardy if they fail to secure Champions League football this season, potentially paving the way for City to swoop for the forward, including Pep. Guardiola is apparently a fan.
Coming from Arsenal’s youth system, the 20-year-old made a total of 182 appearances for the club in its Under-18, Under-23 and Senior squads, including 130 at squad level first. During that span, the England international has racked up 45 goals and 45 assists along the way, with more than 50% of that coming for the first team.
Would you take Bukayo Saka to City?
Labeled an “electric” player by Gunners legend Ian Wright, Saka has 11 goals and six assists to his name in 37 league appearances this season.
The £58.5m rated youngster is also listed as Arsenal’s highest rated player by performance according to WhoScored, with an overall rating of 7.05/10.
Having played more than double the number of minutes in the league this season compared to Mahrez, the Arsenal star unsurprisingly has more shots, passes, pressures, tackles and interceptions than the City striker.
The 20-year-old also has a higher rate of shot-creating actions per game than the Algerian, showing just how dangerous he can be at the top of the pitch.
Given the age difference between the two wingers and the fact that he plays for another Premier League side, just like Mahrez before joining City in 2018, Saka could be the ideal long-term replacement for the former Leicester winger at the Etihad.
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