Manchester City may have found another Yaya Toure

Manchester City are in a fantastic position to sign Pedro Obiang of Sampdoria this summer, who is very similar to Yaya Toure.

The latest reports suggest the only competition that City will face to sign Obiang will come from Serie A giants Juventus, who seem keen on improving their squad to maintain their position at the top of Italian football.

However, City have the resources needed to blast them out of the water in any battle to sign the 21-year-old who has many of the same characteristics as current midfielder Yaya Toure.

Obiang is very similar to the sort of player Toure used to be during his days with Barcelona; the sort of midfielder who sits in front of the back four and mops up all of the danger.

His stats don’t suggest that he’s a prolific goalscorer but he does seem to be a lot more creative than many will appreciate; six assists in 30 games for Sampdoria this season.

His presence in the City team would allow him to release Toure from any defensive duties and use his pace and power to burst through an opposition defence, which he’s shown he can do effectively during his time at the club.

That central midfield partnership would also make City a very intimidating team to play against because similarly to Toure, Obiang is well over six feet tall and the core qualities of his game are based around pace and power.

He’s also played well enough this season to make it into the Spanish national team, which suggests he has the key qualities of ball control and accuracy which compliment the way City like to play football.

If there is real truth in the rumours then it could also relate back to when Roberto Mancini spent time at Sampdoria earlier in the season.

There were suggestions that he could have been mulling over a possible coaching job at his former club, but the much more realistic option is that he was scouting players, including Obiang.

Toure is a very unique creative and attacking force for City so it would be naïve of them to try and replace him, just because they are linked with a player who has many of the same qualities.

The deal for Obiang is not going to be a cheap one because he has four years left to run on his current contract and the interest from Juventus automatically makes the fee more expensive.

City may well have to invest a lot of cash into this deal just to make it a reality, but if Obiang could have half the impact Toure has had at the club then it’s an investment which is worth making.

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