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Manchester City Showing Interest In Recruiting This La Liga Speedster: What Will He Add To Pep’s Side?

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In a recent report, El Nacional mentioned that Manchester City are showing interest in recruiting Real Madrid speedster Vinicius Junior. It has been stated that the Mancunian giants have even contacted the Brazilian winger’s agents over a potential move in the future.

Vinicius Jr.’s Excellent Numbers At The Spanish Capital This Season

Vinicius has enjoyed a rich vein of form at the Madrid club this season after producing a series of match-winning performances on the left side of Carlo Ancelotti’s attack. The Sao Goncalo-born talent has banged in 15 goals and provided nine assists in 27 matches for Los Blancos during this campaign across all fronts.

The 21-year-old has been a consistent performer in the final third as he is averaging 2.6 shots, 2.0 key passes and 2.9 dribbles per game in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. He has even distributed the ball accurately in the opponent’s half based on his pass completion rate of 86.7% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

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Valencia’s Italian defender Cristiano Piccini (L) vies with Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on January 8, 2022. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will Vinicius Jr. Add To Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola’s Team?

Vinicius can use his quickness and agility to get to the byline and cause a lot of problems for the opposition defenders. He usually turns on the afterburners when trying to beat his marker off the dribble and can strike the ball with power and precision from long range.

The Brazilian sensation has been scoring and creating goals consistently for Los Blancos over the past 18 months.

Vinicius is primarily a left-sided wide player but can also fill in as a right-winger or play down the middle as a centre-forward if needed. Hence, he will be a brilliant signing for Man City if they can find a way to bring him to the Etihad Stadium in the future.

We can expect Vinicius to add a lot of pace and productivity to Pep Guardiola‘s attack. He could even serve as an ideal replacement for Ferran Torres, who decided to join Barcelona earlier this month. At 21, the ex-Flamengo prospect will only get better with each season, so the Mancunian outfit would be wise to move in for him next summer.

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