Manchester City Eye Summer Swoop for German Enforcer

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Manchester City are set to raid Borussia Dortmund this summer with midfielder Julian Weigl their target, reports the Sunday Mirror.

BVB steadfastly refused to discuss the 22-year-old with any of his myriad suitors last summer but are bracing themselves for the Premier League leaders to pursue their interest more vigorously when the transfer window re-opens in July. City are determined to act swiftly to avoid being caught up in a bidding war for his services.

Weigl is expected to move for a fee in excess of £50m, potentially more if he adds to his five Germany international caps during this summer’s World Cup finals. The midfielder signed a new deal last year which keeps him at the Westfalenstadion until 2021.

Since making his debut for Munich 1860 II in 2014, Weigl is closing in on 200 club appearances underlining his fitness and dependability, even though he missed the opening month and a half of the season following surgery on a fractured ankle.

City with a well-stocked midfield already, but are set to lose two experienced campaigners with Yaya Toure’s contract expiring this summer and Fernandinho entering the final two years of his deal. Weigl fills their roles perfectly, as well as offering City the potential of a decade of service.