Manuel Pellegrini is looking to beef up his strike-force next season and sees Higuain as the perfect foil for fellow Argentina hitman Sergio Ageuro.

» 1 Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain Manchester City are now the favourites to prise Gonzalo Higuain away from Napoli this summer. talkSPORT told you yesterday that Arsenal had made contact with the Serie A club about a possible move but were instructed to increase their initial bid of ?42m. According to Tuttomercatoweb, City are also preparing a similar offer for the Argentine striker but it is thought they would be willing to up their bid if Napoli demand it.

Manuel Pellegrini is looking to beef up his strike-force next season and sees Higuain as the perfect foil for fellow Argentina hitman Sergio Ageuro. City will also be able to offer Higuain Champions League football next season although the Blues could still face competition from Manchester United and Atletico Madrid for the 27-year-old. » » England Under-21s have kept their Euro 2017 hopes alive by beating Slovakia to ensure they can still qualify for the knockout stages.

After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Sweden, things seemed to be going from bad to worse for the Young Lions when Martin Chrien’s header meant Slovakia were one goal ahead at half-time. But Aidy Boothroyd’s men came out after the break with a renewed vigour, and probably deserved the three points they picked up thanks to Alfie Mawson’s equaliser and Nathan Redmond’s winning goal. So, just how did the England players perform in Poland?1xbet app windows phone

Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings from the draw with Slovakia… 14 Jordan Pickford – 6 – click the right arrow to see the rest of the England Under-21 player ratings – He had little to do for much of the match, though was easily beaten for Slovakia?s opening goal; Chrien?s header really should not have beaten his outstretched arm. Showed how well he commands his area with some important catches from Slovakian deliveries into the area.

14 Mason Holgate – 4 – Struggled on the right of defence, appearing both shaky at the back and unable to offer much going forward. Was unsurprisingly substituted at half-time. 14 Alfie Mawson – 7 – Was England?s most impressive player in the defensive third, and he also kickstarted the comeback by scoring the equalising goal with a close-range finish.

Looks composed on the ball and rarely appears troubled under pressure. 14 Calum Chambers – 6 – Grew into the game after a shaky start, and was a key reason Slovakia didn?t have a clear chance in the final moments despite sending cross after cross into the area. He was dominant in the air, making sure he got his head to the ball before any opposition player could.

14 Ben Chilwell – 6 – Ran the left flank well, providing solidity in defence and support in attack. His crossing was below the expected level for a player of his quality – a trait which also came to the fore during the match against Sweden. 14 James Ward-Prowse – 6 – Was completely off the pace of the game in the first-half, struggling both in and out of possession.

His usually excellent set pieces were remarkably subpar, and it is obvious Ward-Prowse should not be playing in a central position as his best performances come from the right of midfield. Slightly improved after the break, and played a neat pass that led to Redmond?s winning goal.

14 Nathaniel Chalobah – 7 – Sat in front of the defence well and dictated play from deep, though it was a strange tactical decision to field two holding midfielders in a must-win game. Showed his experience and leadership by constantly ordering teammates around on the pitch. 14 John Swift – 6 – A tidy performance from the Reading man, though he provided little in the final third.

He was composed in possession and put a shift in, but Swift has shown he is much better than this. 14 Lewis Baker – 5 – Having enjoyed a great season at club level, Baker is still trying to rediscover that form at the Under-21 Euros. He was on the periphery for much of the match, and failed to show his exceptional set piece ability.

14 Nathan Redmond – 8 – Scored an excellent winning goal to cap an exciting performance. He was the only England player willing to run at the Slovakia defence, and it is not a surprise he was, by far, the most threatening of Boothroyd?s men. 14 Tammy Abraham – 7 – Provided almost no service in the first half, Abraham constantly made intelligent runs and looked to create space for himself and teammates.

Though presented with few goalscoring chances of his own, his superb shielding of the ball led to Redmond?s winning goal. 14 Substitute: Jacob Murphy – 7 – Brought on at half-time, Murphy immediately provided a new attacking threat. He set up the equalising goal with a superb cross from the right flank, and was solid for the remainder of the half in an unnatural right-back position.

However, Murphy did make an error which led to a fine chance for Haraslin ? which he fortunately missed. 14 Substitute: Demarai Gray – 4 – Surprisingly started the game on the bench, and was not even introduced at half-time with England needing a goal. Brought on with 10 minutes left, Gray offered little as he was forced to defend with Slovakia chasing an equaliser. 14 Substitute: Cauley Woodrow – NA «