After learning that a deal to sell Riyad Mahrez to Al Ahly is imminent, Manchester City is looking for a winger and has been connected to Rodrigo Riquelme.
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According to Spanish publication AS, Pep Guardiola's team has been linked with a transfer for Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme to replace the Algerian winger.

The 23-year-old winger will either receive first-team opportunities under Diego Simeone or will be sold, claims the source.

After spending the previous season on loan at Girona, the winger won't go out on another one. Given City's connections to the Spanish team, this may be good news for Guardiola's team's prospects of signing the Spaniard.

The winger is under contract with Atletico until 2028, and the same report claims that he is driven to win at Wanda Metropolitana.

Although City is the only team listed in the article from the Premier League, the attacker is reportedly'very popular' among teams in the league.

Riquelme may possibly be of interest to Real Betis, led by former City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Manchester City target Rodrigo Riquelme is a gem

The Spaniard, who spent the season on loan at Girona in La Liga, was undoubtedly very good for the Spanish team, contributing four goals and four assists.

The winger ranks highest in Europe's top five leagues in progressive carries, successful take-ons, and touches in the penalty area, according to FBREF, who claim that Riquelme excels at dribbling in particular.

The strength of his dribbling could be just what City needs after Riyad Mahrez's upcoming departure for Saudi Arabia.

According to the same report, the triple champions are in the lead for the 23-year-old's signature. The winger would undoubtedly excel under Guardiola's guidance. Nevertheless, the Spaniard appears committed to staying in Spain under Diego Simeone for the time being.

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