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Sports News of Sunday, 30 December 2018


Pep Guardiola makes Thomas Partey ‘top priority’ in January

Thomas Partey, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, Atletico Madrid midfielder

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made Ghana star Thomas Partey his number one transfer target in the January window, according to reports.

The 25-year-old has already registered his dissatisfaction with his game time at the Wanda Metropolitano despite making 21 appearances for Atletico this season.

According to reports among football agents with knowledge on the transfer market, City are keen on making an offer for the versatile player when the window opens next week.

Man City recent struggles during the Christmas period has led to them identifying Atletico Madrid’s Partey as their primary targets to solve their midfield problems.

With 33-year-old Fernandinho unavailable for City’s last two matches as a result of a thigh injury, Pep Guardiola’s side have slumped to consecutive defeats.

Both John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan have been used as defensive midfielders, but City have conceded five goals in just two matches without Fernandinho shielding the defense.