Pep Guardiola must aim to sign a top-quality left-back when the summer transfer window opens in the next few months.
The Spaniard spent over £50m to prise Benjamin Mendy to the club in the summer of 2017 after the Frenchman impressed greatly with Monaco. However, his time with the Citizens has been plagued with a long-term injury that has kept him out of the side for long periods. Mendy missed the majority of last season with a problem that required surgery and the defender has made just nine Premier League appearances in the current campaign.
As well as his injury troubles, there is also growing concerns over his attitude towards leaving the treatment table. Reports from Goal suggest that the City staff are less than impressed with his antics that has seen Guardiola publicly criticise the 24-year-old.
One man the Spaniard could target is Porto flyer – Alex Telles. Valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, the former Inter Milan man has been a star since joining the club from Galatasaray in the summer of 2016. Telles was a crucial member of the team that lifted the Portuguese title last season, registering an incredible 13 assists for his team-mates.
The 26-year-old has been in impressive form yet again, helping his side’s cause with one goal and eight assists in all competitions. Telles loves to get forward to help out the attack with his frightening pace and brilliant crossing ability; the defender has averaged an incredible 2.9 key passes this season. He doesn’t neglect his defensive duties either, making 1.2 tackles and 2 interceptions per game in Liga NOS (WhoScored).
Ditching Mendy for Telles could prove to be a wise move in the long-term.
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