Real Madrid considering shock move for Manchester City playmaker

Phil Foden of Manchester City is challenged by Gabriel of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2020 in London, England. 

Real Madrid have reportedly set their sights on Phil Foden, who they are hopeful of signing if he struggles for game-time at Manchester City.

According to a report by Daily Mirror, Real Madrid are closely monitoring the situation of Phil Foden at Manchester City. The Spanish heavyweights could launch the offensive for the English international if he does not receive regular playing time and are confident they can land him.

Phil Foden joined Manchester City as a four-year-old well over a decade ago before making massive strides within the club’s academy. Widely regarded as one of the best prospects in England in his youth footballing days, he broke into City’s first-team setup in 2017. However, it is in the 2019/20 season when he finally managed to establish a foothold within Pep Guardiola’s squad.

This season, the 20-year-old has 5 goals and 4 assists in 18 appearances across all competitions, but he has managed to start just 12 of the 23 games that Manchester City have played thus far. This has piqued the interest of Real Madrid, who are now looking to pounce on his restriction of game-time.

This is not the first time that Real Madrid have been linked with Foden, with the Englishman having been on their radar for quite some time now. The report suggests that Los Blancos “have mounted a watching brief” on Foden and have been encouraged by his increasing lack of playing time with Manchester City.

The interest from Real Madrid does make sense, considering Luka Modric is in the twilight of his career despite a fine resurgence in 2020. The Merengues, therefore, need to start planning for life after the veteran Croat, with Fabian Ruiz one of the players they have reportedly targeted. And, Foden is a viable target for Real Madrid as well.

Daily Mirror have claimed that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on his situation at Manchester City and they have a growing belief that they can swoop him away from the Etihad, especially if he cannot secure regular starts with the Cityzens. In fact, it has further been suggested that fears are growing over his future at the club, meaning a transfer away could be on the cards.

For now, what appears to be certain is that Phil Foden is on the radar of Real Madrid. What will now be interesting to see if the Spanish giants do end up making a move for the English international and if he subsequently ends up joining them.

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