Guardiola identifies four full-back targets for Man City – reports

Date published: Monday 10th October 2016 11:50

Jaun Bernat: Defender among City targets

Pep Guardiola is desperate to strengthen Manchester City’s full-back options and has identified four targets, according to reports.

After replacing Manuel Pellegrini as City boss, Guardiola was widely expected to strengthen the club’s defensive flanks, with Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna all the wrong side of 30.

The Spaniard instead focused on other areas of his side, but will not turn his attention to the positions in January.

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is understood to be Guardiola’s primary target, with reports suggesting the 21-year-old is interested in a move to the Etihad.

And according to Spanish outlet Superdeporte, City are also interested in a trio of Valencia academy graduates.

Bayern Munich left-back Juan Bernat is one target, with the 23-year-old having played under Guardiola in Bavaria.

Alex Grimaldo of Benfica is another option at left-back, while Jose Gaya, who remains a Valencia player, is also suggested.

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