Manchester City are having a very engaging summer transfer. With eight first team transfers shared evenly between influx and efflux, Manchester City are still heavily in the transfer market in search of a possible concluding signing of the window.
Oleksandr Zinchenko’s departure to the Emirates has left Pep Guardiola deficit in the left back area. Whilst Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake can also operate in that department, Guardiola is not willing to jeopardise his team’s defensive resilience in a quest to cushion the loss of Zinchenko.
The Catalan manager has clearly indicated his intent on signing an orthodox left-back rather than overworking his centre backs or even throwing the opportunity to the young academy players.
After Manchester City had their £30m bid for Marc Cucurella rejected outrightly by Brighton, the Etihad team are weighing up other probable left back options. With Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa recently linked with City, a new alternative has been thrown into the mix, in the shape of Alex Grimaldo.
Benfica will be looking to capitalise on their good business relationship with the blue side of Manchester to facilitate the 26 year old’s switch to the Etihad. Manchester City have all good testimonies about Benfica deals, as Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias have added beautiful colors to the Etihad stadium.
Despite the fact that deals with the Portuguese club have proven to be mutually beneficial in recent times, Marc Cucurella still remains Guardiola’s primary target. Manchester City will fully pursue other alternatives only if Brighton are bent on getting their £50m transfer request.