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Manchester City: Pep Guardiola considers January moves for Samuel Umtiti and Nacho

Manchester City: Pep Guardiola considers January moves for Samuel Umtiti and Nacho

Manchester City are considering January moves for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Nacho, according to reports in Spain (via Sports Mole).

The report suggests Pep Guardiola has changed his mind and wants to make moves in the market despite previously stating there would be no incomings.

The report says both Barcelona and Real Madrid are keen to recoup some funds during the January window on the back of a summer of big spending.

It says both Nacho and Umtiti aren’t first choice in their positions so the clubs could see them as a way of earning money without impacting their side’s quality too much.

Man City’s issues at the back means they may jump into the market, with Aymeric Laporte out until around the new year and John Stones falling foul of multiple injuries over the last 12 months.

The La Liga clubs will sense City’s desperation if approaches come either of their ways, so they could drive a hard bargain and earn that money they want to see back in their accounts.

Man City are certainly in need of another centre-back if they’re to go anywhere near retaining their Premier League title. Undoubtedly, Vincent Kompany needs to be replaced.

The club and its fans must be starting to realise that not signing a replacement in the summer was a bad idea, particularly now Nicolas Otamendi looks to have lost all confidence after his mistakes against Norwich and Wolves.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see City go into the market this January, and the likes of Nacho would suit the mould Guardiola has made, considering his 94.9% pass completion rate when playing for Spain in the Nations League (via WhoScored).

Umtiti would also be a sensible option at just 25-years-old with an impressive 94.5% pass completion rate from 14 appearances in La Liga last season.

If City can acquire either of those two, their chances of earning some major silverware this season will be dramatically increased.

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