Manchester City have reportedly identified three potential options to choose from in the left-back position ahead of the summer transfer window, as the club look to recruit in that particular area following various problems over the past few seasons.
In Pep Guardiola's five years at the Etihad Stadium, a number of first-team players have been moulded into playing at left-back, despite the club spending a hefty sum of money on signing Benjamin Mendy from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017.
The France international was believed by many to be the answer to Manchester City's long-term left-back problems, but following a number of injuries and problems off the pitch, it now appears as though the club and coaching staff may have ran out of patience.
There is an understanding in some corners that this summer could represent an opportunity for Manchester City to recruit at left-back, while the club would also be open to offloading Mendy if the right offer came in, and if a club was able to match his current wage package at the Etihad Stadium.
According to Fichajes, as translated by Sport Witness, Manchester City have three options at left-back ahead of the summer window: Bayern Munich’s David Alaba and Valencia’s José Gayà - who ‘stand out’ according to the report, as well as a third option in Benfica's Álex Grimaldo.
The report states that Manchester City are ‘interested in acquiring’ the latter - the Portuguese club's 25-year-old full-back, who reportedly wants to leave the club in the summer; a factor that Etihad officials want to take advantage of.
It is suggested that the former Barcelona academy star ‘amazes’ Pep Guardiola ‘a lot’ - so much so that the Manchester City manager has asked the hierarchy at the City Football Academy to ‘buy Grimaldo’.
As previously suggested, Fichajes report that Manchester City’s intention is now to offload some of their current first-team players, before aiming to close the signing of Alex Grimaldo.
Manchester City had aimed to offload Oleksandr Zinchenko last summer as part of their planned pursuit of Nicolas Tagliafico, however the Ukrainian international was determined to fight for his place at the club and has ultimately proven to be a huge hit this season.
PSG have been linked with a move for Benjamin Mendy on previous occasions, and the possibility of moving back to France in a league that some would consider more suited to the 26 year-old may be an attractive prospect for the player.
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