Enduring a six-game winless spell, and with speculation surrounding most of his squad, Pep Guardiola looks set to make a number of deals in January. But is one of them a bid for Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne?
It’s being whispered this week that the Citizens boss could make a move for the talented right-back, following an impressive start to the season at Anfield.
With Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto also a reported target, it’s clear Guardiola is keen to bring someone in for that role.
A 1-0 EFL Cup loss to Manchester United this week ensured the former Barcelona man is now in the midst of his worst ever spell as a manager.
City haven’t won since a 3-1 EFL Cup victory at Swansea over a month ago, and even Sergio Aguero has been subject to speculation over his future at the Etihad.
Liverpool signed Clyne from Southampton last summer, and has a contract with the Merseysiders until 2020.
Given his solid performances for Jurgen Klopp’s side – he’s featured in every minute of this season’s Premier League – it seems highly unlikely that the club, or the German gaffer would be willing to sell, especially to a direct rival.
But while this deal seems a long shot, it does give another indicator to Guardiola’s dissatisfaction with the current options at his disposal.
Pablo Zabaleta is arguably the strongest right-back for the Citizens right now. But the Argentine, for all his work ethic and desire, turns 32 in January and his best days may be behind him.
But before January’s window opens, City need to get their act together, starting with a trip to West Brom this Saturday.
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