Pep Guardiola will prioritise signing a holding midfielder in the January transfer window as Manchester City look to find Fernandinho’s successor, the Evening Standard reports.

Despite Fernandinho having played a key role in City’s Premier League success last season and earning himself a two-year contract extension in January, Guardiola is worried about the lack of cover for the player who turned 33 in May.

City missed out on both the signings of Fred and Jorginho in the summer who Guardiola had seen as alternative options to Fernandinho, with them joining Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

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The defensive midfield position is believed to be a priority for Guardiola in January, and the former Bayern Munich coach could look to raid Borussia Dortmund for Julian Weigl.

The City boss is believed to be a huge fan of Weigl and he would most likely prove a cheaper option that fellow City target Ruben Neves, who Wolves value at £60m.