Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are in desperate need of a right-back, having let Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta leave the club on a free this summer.
Both experienced men failed to gain a new contract as Guardiola continues to redevelop his squad.
So far this summer, the Citizens have brought in a goalkeeper, Benfica’s Ederson, and an attacking midfielder, Monaco’s Bernardo Silva, but they are yet to bolster their back four.
The Telegraph reported that Juventus’ Dani Alves was a primary target at right-back, while Benjamin Mendy of Monaco and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand are the left-backs linked. However, the outlet have since suggested that Paris Saint Germain have taken pole position to sign the Brazilian defender.
The French side feel they are close to an agreement and hope that they can pull off a major transfer coup. If Alves was to join PSG, it would leave Guardiola searching for a replacement, but who could he bring in?
Kyle Walker – Tottenham
In the same Telegraph report, Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has been linked as the main alternative for City to sign if they miss out on Alves.
BBC Sport reported that the two clubs had opened up negotiations after Kieran Trippier committed his future to the London club, which may make him the first choice option.
The Independent suggested that the Englishman, who started 33 Premier League games for Spurs last season, would cost City around £50 million. It could prove to be money well spent, however, with few better options available.
Serge Aurier – Paris Saint Germain
Having potentially had Alves stolen from them by PSG, City could give the French club a taste of their own medicine by taking one of their own players.
Serge Aurier, according to the Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web, is a target for both Manchester clubs, who are battling it out for the Ivorian. While the outlet suggest that Aurier is Manchester United’s second choice option, he is a key target for Guardiola.
At 24 years of age, Aurier would join City in the more youthful period of his career – yet to enter his prime – and would be a far more explosive and powerful option than what was available to Guardiola last season. A move may be possible as well, with PSG overstocked in the right-back department if Alves was to join.
Pablo Maffeo – Manchester City
Without spending a penny, City could have an ideal option in their academy. Pablo Maffeo, who has already made his debut, is young and eager to impress his compatriot and manager Guardiola.
The City boss is well aware of the potential talent he has, as the Spaniard thrust the 19-year-old into first-team action for a Manchester derby.
Having come out on the losing side, Maffeo was one of the brighter sparks, impressing defensively while also getting forward to support attacks – a trait Guardiola demands of his full-backs. It remains to be seen how much trust City’s manager will put into this youngster, but Maffeo could well be City’s own Hector Bellerin-type youth product.
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