City was seeking to reach an agreement on West Ham‘s Lucas Paqueta But they have had to turn their eyes elsewhere after the Brazilian became the subject of association football Investigate alleged betting violations.
With De Bruyne ruled out for four or five months with a serious hamstring injury, Guardiola wants another addition in the midfield and City are currently exploring deals for Nunes or Eze with a possible move for one of the players.
Dani Olmo has also been linked with City but RB Leipzig manager Oliver Mintzlaff insisted on Wednesday that the Spain international would remain at the German club.
The 21-year-old is a replacement for Riyad Mahrez, who joined Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahly club in a £30.4m deal last month.
The triple winners have already signed on Croatia International Mateo Kovac, midfielder and defender Josko Gvardiol from Chelsea and Leipzig respectively and Doku is set to become their third major signing.
But City are aiming to make one more addition, with Nunes and Eze among a small group of favourites. Nunes joined Wolves from Sporting Lisbon for £42m last summer, and Guardiola has previously spoken fondly of the 24-year-old. Portugal international.
Izzy, 25, from He made his debut for England In June, he was on City’s watch list all year and is another serious option.
However, Wolverhampton and Crystal Palace would be reluctant to lose either player, and it could take very big offers to convince them to sell.
Meanwhile, Citi announced it Bernardo Silva He has signed a one-year contract extension that will tie the Portuguese midfielder to the club until June 2026 and end speculation about his future.