Man City set their sets on trio of Serie A centre-backs

Date published: Thursday 5th September 2019 1:00 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester City have three Serie A defenders in their sights for January, claims a report from Italy. report that City boss Pep Guardiola will look to strengthen his defence next year after the serious injury to Aymeric Laporte.

Laporte will be out until 2020 after this week undergoing surgery on a knee injury he picked up during Saturday’s 4-0 win over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

A statement by the Premier League champions on Wednesday said they are still to learn how long he will be out for, but his recovery will likely see him miss the remainder on 2019.

The report claims Guardiola is a fan of Inter’s Milan Skriniar and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, but while those two could be out of reach due to their importance at each club, AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli has also been mentioned.

Sempremilan claim “Romagnoli has been one of the best signings the Rossoneri have made in recent memory” after arriving from Roma for €25million deal four years ago.

The 24-year-old was handed the captaincy at the start of last season and, per the source,  a huge offer for Romagnoli “could make Milan wobble” due to the Financial Fair Play situation surrounding the club.

Skriniar meanwhile, was linked with Manchester United over the summer, but the powerful defender ended that speculation by signing a new contract until 30 June 2023.

The Slovakia defender could cost approaching €100m even if Antonio Conte agreed to sell, while Koulibaly is as equally important for Maurizio Sarri at Napoli.

Corriere dello Sport (via claimed Man Utd made a bid of €90m for the Senegal international in the summer, but Napoli had no intentions of letting their star defender go and swiftly rejected the bid.



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