Manchester City are 'looking at' Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

Despite turning 36-years-old last week, Fernandinho has proven himself to still be a brilliant and vital player for City.

Not only was his captain's intervention at the turn of the year crucial in turning the club's fortunes around and reclaiming the Premier League trophy, but his performances of late have been excellent - especially in the Champions League semi-final triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian's contract is currently set to expire in the summer but, unlike Sergio Aguero, he looks likely to remain at the Etihad for at least another year.

According to the Telegraph, Fernandinho is set to stay at City, despite having received pre-contract offers from clubs in Europe and South America, as he feels he still has 'more years at the top level' in him.

However, it's claimed that the Blues 'remain in the market for a long-term replacement for him,' despite spending £60million to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid in 2019.

The report adds that 23-year-old Italian Locatelli, among others, is being looked at but the club are unlikely to trigger the buy-back clause in Douglas Luiz' contract at Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Eric Garcia is reportedly edging closer to a return to Barcelona.

The centre-back refused a new contract offer from City last year, with Barca not making their interest in the La Masia graduate a secret.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Garcia signed a pre-contract agreement with Barcelona in December, which will see him stay at the Camp Nou until 2026, and held talks with no other club. The deal is set to be announced at the end of the season.