Reports in Portugal are suggesting that Manchester City are keeping a watchful eye on Porto’s, Mexican international midfielder, Hector Herrera ahead of a January move for the 24-year-old. City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain has a full scouting report on Herrera after his impressive displays for El Tri during the World Cup and they maybe ready to test Porto’s resolve in January.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported this story as inevitably transfer rumours begin to surface ahead of the January window opening.
Herrera’s bustling box-to-box style, combining his willingness to defend with his eye for goal makes him an ideal Premier League midfielder. The 24-year-old has progressed in Portugal and given how he impressed in Brazil, he should have no concerns getting to grips with the speed and physicality of football in England.
Herrera has a contract with Porto until 2017 with a current release clause of €40 million and with Porto loathed to lose the Mexican international, City may have to edge towards that amount to prize him away mid-season.
City have already spent a large amount on one Porto player this year when they signed defender, Eliaquim Mangala in the summer and Herrera could be next.
Having signed for the Portguese giants in 2013 for €8 million it would represent a healthy profit and be yet another success story for Porto’s superb scouting network. The €8 million they paid for a young player fresh from being named one of the best players in Mexico during this time with Pachuca will look a steal if mega-rich City really are interested.
A player who should be part of the Mexican midfield for years to come, the only concern would be Herrera becomes yet another of Manchester City’s expensive substitutes.