Manchester City are weighing their plans for loan star Yangel Herrera as there is huge interest in the 23-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.
Premier League clubs Southampton and West Ham are among the teams to watch Venezuelan midfielder Herrera, who signed for the Blues in January 2017 before spending two years in the MLS with sister club New York City.
After six months with Spanish side Huesca, Herrera is close to the end of his second La Liga season with Granada and has had impressive results for a side that face Manchester United in the Europa League quarter-finals this week. His contract runs until summer 2024.
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The city is aware of the central midfielder’s interest both in Spain and in the surrounding area, but is also waiting to see if there will be space in the Etihad squad for next season after deciding they are on Adjusting the specific requirements of the Premier League would not be a problem.
Herrera is seen in a similar light to Douglas Luiz, who could have made Pep Guardiola’s squad for the 2018-19 season, but when the club was thwarted by work permit regulations, the Blues sold him to Aston Villa for £ 15million and contained him a buyback clause.
Herrera’s development can be seen as a success story for the recruiting team in South America as well as the global network of City Football Group clubs, and a sizeable win would represent another useful boost to City funding this summer. The club announced this week a loss of £ 126m in sales for 2019/20, but is confident it will return to profits immediately and does not expect the disruption to affect its transfer plans for the upcoming window.