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Guardiola must beat Chelsea to £50m man to maintain Man City title challenge

The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern were celebrating yet another win in midweek as they strolled 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Wrapping up the league title now seems like it will be a formality for Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola will surely be warning against complacency at this stage.

And to ensure that his side are fully focused on their task, he might look to make one or two final alterations to his squad in the January transfer window to ensure that there is plenty of competition for places and that no one slacks towards the back end of the campaign.

The one position that Guardiola could really do with strengthening is at left back. His big money summer signing Benjamin Mendy suffered a long-term injury in only his fifth competitive match for the Citizens.

Mendy’s absence has forced him to consider his options with right-back Danilo, central midfielder Fabian Delph and centre-half Eliaquim Mangala all featuring there this term.

In order to solve this problem, Guardiola should swoop for Alex Sandro. Chelsea are desperately trying to get a £50m deal for the Juventus fullback over the line, according to The Mirror, but City should try to hi-jack this deal.

The Brazilian international is fast and attack-minded, making him perfect for Guardiola’s style of play. And then next year, he will have the option of playing Sandro or Mendy at left back. Being able to rotate those two players would surely boost Manchester City’s chances of winning a European trophy too.

£50m would be an investment in a top class wing back who, at the age of 26, is entering the prime of his career. Meanwhile, Mendy, aged 23, will be more determined to up his game when he is back from injury if his route to the first team is blocked.

Thoughts? 

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