Pep Guardiola reportedly likes the look of Ghayas Zahid, and almost brought the Norwegian midfielder to the Etihad Stadium in January.
Zahid, 22, plays for former Celtic boss Ronny Deila at Valerenga in Norway, where he’s notched 26 goals and 21 assists in 105 games.
Zahid plays mainly as a left wing or attacking midfielder, though he’s also played deeper in the middle of the park and on the right.
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The player thought he was headed to City, with a probable loan to either New York City FC or Melbourne City FC, but that looks like it’ll have to wait until the summer.
“It seemed like I was going to join them, but they changed their minds two days before the transfer window closed.
“They prefer to wait until the summer. Of course I was disappointed, but that’s it. Now I will focus on the season and work hard for us to do well.”
Deila hinted that the move was set for Zahid to develop at NYCFC or Melbourne City, and calls Zahid a “developmental project” for Guardiola.
City reportedly wound up buying Yangel Herrera from Venezuela at the deadline in a deal which seems to carry similar tones.