Report: Guardiola asks Manchester City to sign Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey

Yaya Toure of Manchester City shakes hands with Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Etihad...

Thomas has shone in La Liga under Diego Simeone but is he really the new Yaya Toure at Premier League champions Manchester City?

Thomas Teye Partey of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico Madrid and UD Las Palmas at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on...

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey this summer, according to El Gol Digital, and believes the powerhouse could potentially be the new Yaya Toure.

At the age of 25, Thomas is finally establishing himself as one of the first names on Diego Simeone’s team sheet, after spending time out on loan at Mallorca and Almeria in recent seasons.

 

The Ghana international is a dynamic player with a thunderbolt of a shot in his locker, although he is hardly lacking in technical ability either while his ability to play in defence has also made him a very useful presence at Atletico.

Ghana's midfielder Thomas Partey (C, #5) takes a penalty kick against Japan during their international friendly football match between Japan and Ghana at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on May...

According to El Gol Digital, Guardiola wants to bring Thomas to the Etihad this summer and has asked the Premier League champions to prioritise a deal, though it will likely cost a club-record £68 million thanks to a hefty release clause in his contract.

The report even claims that Guardiola sees Thomas as the second coming of Yaya Toure, the former Ivory Coast international who won league titles under the Spaniard at both Barcelona and Manchester City.

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (C) celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United...

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