The lowdown: Wanted man
However, that move is yet to materialise, and the Netherlands international remains at Juventus, where he has made 117 appearances to date since arriving from Ajax in 2019.
The latest: Man City interested in De Ligt
It’s claimed that the Citizens would use the money generated from the sale of Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal and the possible exit of Nathan Ake to Chelsea to fund the deal as Pep Guardiola attempts to ‘create a team with the best young players around’.
The report added that the Etihad Stadium club has ‘all the money’ in order to bring in the man who was hailed by legendary Italian centre-back Sergio Brio as being a more important signing than Ronaldo when it comes to incomings at Juventus in recent years.
The verdict: Go all-out
The departure of Ake would leave Guardiola with only three frontline central defensive options in the shape of Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Ruben Dias at his disposal.
That’s likely to be insufficient given the possibility of injuries in what looks set to be another gruelling campaign, this time with a World Cup thrown into the mix also.
Do you think Man City will sign De Ligt?
Although new arrival Kalvin Phillips is also capable of filling in at the heart of the defence, signing a player of De Ligt’s calibre and age profile would be a sensational coup for the immediate and long-term in Manchester.
Last season, the 6 foot 1 Dutchman earned a 7.07 Sofascore rating whilst winning 4.6 duels and making 3.1 clearances per game and playing a part in 11 league clean sheets from 31 outings. That’s further illustration of an elite defensive acumen which would be a welcome addition to the City ranks should Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain be able to swoop ahead of their European and domestic rivals.
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