Manchester City still want to sign an experienced, senior left-back before the transfer window closes despite agreeing a deal for Anderlecht full-back Sergio Gomez, according to reports.
The Premier League champions are on the verge of announcing the £11million arrival of the Spain Under-21 international, though he is not currently considered a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Pep Guardiola will take a close look at his young compatriot in training across the next couple of weeks in order to assess whether he is ready to be included in the Premier League squad.
If the City manager decides that Gomez still needs to time to develop, then he will be sent out on loan – most likely to sister club Girona.
As a result, the champions are still in the market for a new left-back this summer, with Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo the only senior full-backs on their books at the moment.
According to The Telegraph, there are four main names they are monitoring and one of those is Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney.
The Scotland international has, somewhat ironically, been pushed down the pecking order at the Emirates following the arrival of Zinchenko from City – though the Ukrainian also has the potential to play in central midfield.
His pre-season has been hampered by yet more injury niggles but he came off the bench late on in Arsenal’s Friday night victory against Crystal Palace in their first match of the new Premier League season.
Tierney’s Premier League experience sets him apart from the other players City are looking at, though they recognise Arsenal’s reluctance to sell and would only make a move closer to the deadline after other options have been explored.
Right now, the main two players in Guardiola’s crosshairs are Atletico Madrid’s adventurous full-back Renan Lodi and Borussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro.
Lodi is a regular in Diego Simeone’s side and Atletico value him as highly as Marc Cucurella, who moved to Chelsea in a deal worth £60m – City had also been interested but baulked at Brighton’s asking price.
With Lodi likely to be too expensive, Guerreiro could be a more affordable option for City to consider given that the 28-year-old only has one year left on his Dortmund contract.
The Portugal international would be a good fit for the type of full-back Guardiola usually likes, having also played in midfield occasionally, while City would also consider a more orthodox left-back like Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa who they have been tracking for some time.
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