Fernandinho, 36, has signed a one-year deal to ease the pressure of signing a defensive-midfield replacement

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Pep Guardiola wants to promote Belgium teenager Roméo Lavia to his first-team squad following Fernandinho agreeing to stay at Manchester City for next season.

Fernandinho, 36, has signed a one-year deal to ease the pressure of signing a defensive-midfield replacement. The Brazilian will keep his place in Guardiola’s team but Lavia is set to be introduced around the first-team after impressing for the Under-23s.

The 17-year-old arrived from Anderlecht a year ago and helped the Under-23s win the Premier League 2 title. City had beaten a host of Premier League clubs to sign the player who came through Belgium’s youth teams.

Guardiola is giving serious consideration to having Lavia around his first team next season to provide back-up to his midfielders and add to his senior appearances in the Football League Trophy during his rookie campaign in England.

City were tracking the progress of Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli, who has been a star of Euro 2020, but Juventus are at the front of the queue for him. Lavia’s progress means they can concentrate on other areas to strengthen.

Low considers options to remain in football after Germany exit

Joachim Low will consider projects to stay in football following his departure as Germany manager after 15 years.

The World Cup winner, 61, will take some time off before deciding his next move but is open to staying in football.

“When I decided to stop after this tournament I had different thoughts but we will see in the next days and weeks,” he said. “After 15 years at the helm it will do well to step back and there will be new energy in me and I will decide.

“I don’t really have a concrete plan. I need an emotional break so it is normal you need a little distance and not look for a new project. I will need this time but there will be new tasks that will be interesting for me.”

Villa eye midfield reinforcements as Roma target Douglas Luiz

Aston Villa have been one of the more active teams in the summer transfer window while many others are focused on the European Championship.

They have expressed an interest in James Ward-Prowse and have also been monitoring Harry Winks and Todd Cantwell in that central midfield position, while Dwight McNeil has also been looked at.

Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz, meanwhile, is wanted by Jose Mourinho at AS Roma after the buy-back option held by Manchester City expired.

Bradford to sign free agent Songo’o

Bradford manager Derek Adams is set to sign Yann Songo’o on a free transfer,

Songo’o, 29, played for Adams at Morecambe last season and at Plymouth earlier in his career, with the new boss at Valley Parade moving to land the midfielder after his deal expired at the end of last season.