Manchester City are not expected to be too busy this transfer window with only a midfielder likely to come in on top of the recently added Riyad Mahrez.
As well as Mahrez, manager Pep Guardiola had been hoping to sign Napoli’s Jorginho. However, the 26-year-old is now close to joining Chelsea alongside Maurizio Sarri, according to reports from publications such as the Evening Standard.
City will now assess other options for the defensive midfield position such as Real Madrid man Mateo Kovacic (via the Daily Mirror).
And once they have that sorted, Guardiola should think about possibly bringing in another left-back.
Fabian Delph is the only real alternative to Benjamin Mendy in that position with Oleksandr Zinchenko – who also filled in for Mendy at points last season – being linked with a move away from the Etihad.
Delph, to the surprise of many though, adapted well to his new role. However, against some of the stronger teams in the Premier League, the England international at times did look like the weak link in the side.
Furthermore, City should try and bring Juventus’ £40.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Alex Sandro to the Etihad this summer.
The Daily Record reported last June that Sandro was a target for City before they signed Mendy, and now is a great time for the Premier League champions to consider resurrecting their interest in the Brazilian.
Sandro is one of the best left-backs in the world, who is not only a good defender but also an effective outlet in attack, which he has proven at both Porto and Juventus with his dribbling and crossing ability from the left flank.
City are blessed with a host of quality options in attack, so it is only natural for Guardiola to want an equally strong pool at the back, and signing Sandro would allow that to happen.