Manchester City draw up five-man left back shortlist with Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi heading up Pep Guardiola's plans.
Manchester City is looking to remedy their left back issues by acquiring Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi.
Sergio Gomez, a defender from Anderlecht, is expected to join Pep Guardiola’s team in a move of £11 million, with a potential increase to £16.9 million.
The 21-year-old, though, might be loaned out from the Etihad this year if City buy another full-back to consistently challenge Joao Cancelo.
The reigning Premier League champions are in the market for a left back following the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal.
Marc Cucurella eventually joined Chelsea in a move worth up to £62 million, despite Guardiola’s team being the front-runners to capture the left back from Brighton.
Atletico defender Lodi is one of five players on a shortlist that also includes Raphael Guerreiro, Borna Sosa, Rayan Ait-Nouri, and Alex Grimaldo as City has now moved its focus to alternative options.
Since signing from Athletico Paranaense in 2019, Lodi has been a staple in Diego Simeone’s defense and was a member of the team that won LaLiga in 2020–21.
A Serie A team In July, Juventus inquired about the 24-year-availability old’s but were told he was not for sale.
If City were to pursue a move for Lodi seriously, Atletico would be allowed to demand a substantial amount given that the defender has three years left on his contract.
Guerreiro, a defender for Borussia Dortmund, is also on the short list.
The international teammate of Cancelo from Portugal, who only has one year left on his contract with Dortmund, would face intense competition.
City are also considering Sosa from Stuttgart. Following four great seasons with the German team, the 24-year-old has garnered the attention of several clubs on the continent.
The Citizens’ left-back shortlist also includes Ait-Nouri and Grimaldo before the window closes in less than three weeks.