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Guardiola eyeing Atlético's Thomas as Fernandinho's heir

The Ghana midfielder is under contract at the Metropolitano until 2023 and has a clause of 80 million euros but the City boss sees him as the perfect fit.

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Guardiola eyeing Atlético's Thomas as Fernandinho's heir
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Thomas Partey’s performances alongside Rodrigo in Atlético Madrid’s midfield have been one of the few bright points of a disappointing campaign for Diego Simeone’s side and Pep Guardiola has been a keen admirer of the Ghana midfielder according to reports in Thomas’ homeland.

Guardiola is on the look-out for a medium-term replacement for Fernandinho, who at 33 cannot be expected to be the driving force of Manchester City’s midfield indefinitely but who remains one of Guardiola’s key players. With a view to the future, the former Barcelona manager has been keeping tabs on Thomas and is reportedly considering a bid this summer with an overhaul of Atlético’s playing staff on the cards.

Atlético to offer Thomas improved terms

Thomas is under contract at the Metropolitano until 2023 and has a minimum release clause of 80 million euros, which is hardly a prohibitive fee for City. However, Atlético are not keen on losing the Ghana captain and are preparing to offer the 25-year-old, who has made 24 appearances for Atlético in all competitions this season, an improved contract to ward off suitors from the Premier League and Serie A.