Report: Manchester City start talks with Yacine Brahimi

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Manchester City have reportedly opened negotiations with Porto for the transfer of Yacine Brahimi.

Brahimi only signed for Porto in July 2014, but he has been a revelation in his debut season.

Since arriving on a five-year contract from La Liga side Granada, the Algerian international winger has scored nine goals and assisted eight in 24 games across all competitions - including an impressive four goals in five games as Porto secured qualification for the knock-out stages of the competition.

As outlined by the official club statement, Brahimi cost the Portuguese side €6.5 million, and it now looks as if they could be set to make a massive profit on him - with Manchester City interested in signing him in the summer.

Published by O Jogo, a report claims that City have opened talks with the winger, and are said to be progressing well. There is no indication of a transfer fee, but the club statement listed above references a €50 million release clause, and it is unlikely that Porto would willingly settle for anything less, considering Brahimi still has four-and-a-half years left on his contract.

What does this mean for Manchester City?

Considering City’s close run with Financial Fair Play, splashing out €50 million on a winger seems like a remarkable decision, regardless of his abilities. However, it is looking more likely that Stevan Jovetic will be leaving the Etihad in the summer, whilst the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri - who all play in the same position as Brahimi - have had troubles with injury. The Algerian will be good cover for the first-team, although for €50m you would expect to be signing a first-team star.

Stats wise, Brahimi certainly suggests he could be a top class player in the Premier League, completing 5.2 dribbles per game, with Aguero the highest at City with just 2.4 per game. He takes an impressive 2.4 shots per game, and plays one key pass per game. He ranks amongst the top players at City from an attacking standpoint, and his relative youth in comparison with much of the City squad could make him an energetic and passionate figure - a figure that is lacking in the current ranks.

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