Manchester Metropolis are reportedly thinking about Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico however any transfer depends upon the way forward for Aleks Zinchenko.
With lower than per week remaining of the switch window, Metropolis are set to formally verify Benfica defender Ruben Dias as their third signing of the summer time, with Nicolas Otamendi heading in the other way.
The arrival of one other fine quality centre-back cannot come quickly sufficient for Pep Guardiola’s facet as their defensive frailties have been as soon as once more laid naked on Sunday after they have been humiliated 5-2 by Leicester Metropolis.
After additionally bringing in Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake this summer time, the membership have not dominated out making extra signings, with experiences suggesting a brand new left-back might be on the agenda, earlier than the October 5 deadline.
In response to The Telegraph, Metropolis have turned their attentions to extra potential incomings this week and Argentine left-back Tagliafico is likely one of the choices into account.
Left-back has been a troubling place for Metropolis for a variety of seasons because of Benjamin Mendy’s torrid luck with accidents, with Guardiola being pressured to make use of a variety of stopgaps to fill the place. Mendy has additionally struggled for kind since returning to motion and gave away one of many three penalties within the defeat to Leicester.
Tagliafico has established himself as probably the greatest within the place throughout his time at Ajax however, it is reported a transfer for the 28-year-old would rely upon Metropolis with the ability to promote Zinchenko.
The midfielder has been primarily used as a left-back for Metropolis and is reportedly thought of a extra saleable asset than Mendy within the short-term, although the Frenchman’s long-term future can be doubtful. The report states that Metropolis really feel they should transfer a left-back on earlier than bringing one other in.
Elsewhere, Barcelona might supply Rafinha Alcantara in a swap deal for Eric Garcia, based on experiences.
Mundo Deportivo report Barcelona might supply the Spaniard in a part-exchange deal to decrease Metropolis’s asking value for Garcia and get him via the door this summer time, relatively than ready till his contract expires subsequent 12 months.
Rafinha, a midfielder who’s the brother of recent Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara, labored with Guardiola throughout his time in command of the Catalan facet.