Borussia Dortmund are reportedly ready to demand an eye-watering sum of money for Manchester City target Julian Weigl.

Pep Guardiola’s side are believed to be on the lookout for a new holding midfielder ahead of the mid-season transfer window as they look to recruit an eventual successor to Fernandinho.

The Brazilian midfielder has served City well but at the age of 33, it’s claimed that the Premier League champions are making contingency plans to replace him.

Weigl has emerged as a top target for Guardiola if reports are to be believed, but if any deal is arranged between City and Dortmund, it’s claimed that a monumental transfer fee will need to be spent.

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According to a report from the Daily Star, the Bundesliga giants will demand a sum worth at least £68 million for Weigl. This would surpass City’s current record transfer, standing at £60m from the acquisition of Riyad Mahrez.

The 22-year-old is regarded as a crucial player at Dortmund, leading them to slap a huge asking price on his head. Whether City will splash the cash on Weigl, however, remains to be seen ahead of the January transfer window.

Manchester City missed out on the signing of Jorginho from Napoli as Chelsea swooped in. However, they’ll be hoping that they don’t face a similar misfortune in their bid to sign Weigl.