Manchester City ready to move for Anderlecht’s Dennis Praet - report

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The Belgian youngster has been impressing both domestically and on the continent, with the Etihad Stadium side linked with him today.

Manchester City’s need to abide by Financial Fair Play rulings will surely inhibit any January business to bolster Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, but the Premier League champions are being linked with a move for Dennis Praet today.

The Daily Mail indicate that the Etihad Stadium outfit have been monitoring the 20-year-old of late and are weighing up a £10 million bid for the Anderlecht playmaker this month.

The Belgian midfielder would be immediately loaned back to Anderlecht if the report is to be believed, while other sizeable Premier League sides have been linked with Praet in the past.

Praet played in both Champions League group games against Arsenal this season and impressed; he set up Andy Najar’s goal in the 2-1 defeat to the Gunners in Belgium and played a part in Anderlecht’s comeback from 3-0 down in London that saw them draw 3-3.

The youngster has scored five goals domestically this season for his club and assisted a league-high seven goals for his team-mates.

Praet has represented Belgium from under-15 to under-21 level and made his senior debut for Marc Wilmots’ men in a win over Iceland back in November.

With City also thought to be monitoring Everton’s Ross Barkley, Praet would surely be a more cost-effective option and bring another Belgium international to the Premier League.

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