Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to add another top class left-back to his squad due to concerns over Benjamin Mendy’s fitness.
The £49m signing has proven to be a wonderful addition to the City squad but his time with the Citizens has been plagued with injuries. Mendy has spent the majority of his 18 months on the treatment table forcing Guardiola to use Fabian Delph at left-back. According to quotes sourced from the Guardian, the former Barcelona manager is keen to add another defender to his squad in order to provide competition for Mendy at the back.
City aren’t expected to open their chequebook in the final two weeks of the January transfer window but will strengthen during the summer. The sale of Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid will add funds to Guardiola’s left-back budget.
One man the Spaniard should target is Benfica full-back – Alejandro Grimaldo. Valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, the 23-year-old has developed into a key player for the Portuguese side since joining them permanently from Barcelona back in 2016. Grimaldo has been one of the most consistent performers in the LIGA Nos and his impressive performances should prompt City to lure him to England.
The Spain U21 international is a potent attacking threat from the back meaning he would be perfect for Guardiola’s system at the Etihad Stadium. The defender has helped his side’s cause with four goals and four assists in all competitions this season. Grimaldo possesses blistering pace which helps him maraud the left flank, contributing to the attack but also not neglecting his defensive duties.
Grimaldo is still developing and improving – working with a world-class coach like Guardiola could do wonders for his development. Adding the youngster to his squad would finally give him the depth he has been searching for.
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