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They want a wall, Nigerian youngster who won Guardiola's heart to join City

By Liam Styles

They want a wall, Nigerian youngster who won Guardiola's heart to join City

The Nigerian defender has already been a sensation at the Under-20 World Cup in Argentina. 

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Manchester City have become one of the most powerful teams in Europe. They are closing in on a treble in the Premier League and will be looking to conquer the continent on 10 June when they face Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul, Turkey.

Josep Guardiola has been quiet about his defence, perhaps the most vulnerable part of his tactics. As potent as his attack is with Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne and Julian Alvarez, there are still doubts about who can be the defensive player to take the leadership Pep needs.

Although there's no need to begrudge what Nathan Ake or John Stone have done, as they kept them very safe in order to come back on points against Arsenal and win the Premier League in emphatic fashion, beyond the fact that Mikel Arteta's side had done well throughout the football year.

That's why they've turned their attention to a defender from the Nigeria national team that just knocked out hosts Argentina in their own U20 World Cup. The South American country hosted the event after political problems kept Indonesia from hosting and losing their place at a FIFA event.

Nigerian defender wanted by Guardiola

Benjamin Fredrick has become an absolute keeper in defence and has already led his team to the quarter-finals at the U20 World Cup. Bayern Munich and Leipzig in the Bundesliga are also keeping a close eye on him, but it is certain that if City came calling, the 18-year-old defender would not hesitate to be under Guardiola's command.

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