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Manchester City to overhaul fullback position

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s top targets this transfer window are fullbacks, according to recent reports.

The City boss is mulling a £40-million move for Monaco’s Bejamin Mendy, though has a back-up plan to sign Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand.

Guardiola is currently without fullbacks after the release of Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy.

Mendy, at only 22 years of age, will infuse youth to City’s ranks, though he still needs some shaping up physically and mentally. The youngster has recurring hip and thigh injury, and has been suspended thrice since October 2016.

Bertrand, 27, is the cheaper, older, and more mature target. He started his career with Chelsea but has been loaned to different clubs, though he spent the last three seasons with Southampton. He has a total of 100 appearances for the Saints, including 87 in the Premier League.

Also a priority signing is Tottenham defender Kyle Walker, though Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has always been reluctant to allow his players to move to the big clubs in Europe.

Guardiola knows how leaky they were at the back last season and opted to challenge Claudio Bravo with Ederson, City’s £35 million signee from Benfica.

BREAK THE BANK

Defense might be a priority for Guardiola this window but he has not held back in spending for his offense, and rumor has it that he is not yet done splashing the kitty.

City are reportedly joining other big clubs in the race to sign Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe, the 18-year-old star who broke out with 26 goals in 44 games across all competitions this season, including six strikes in nine Champions League fixtures.

The Etihad Stadium club seemed to have made a £105 million bid for the teen star, a little lower than Manchester United’s £113 million offer and Real Madrid’s £118 million bid.