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Manchester City to set to sign a centre-back in January - sources

Manchester City to set to sign a centre-back in January - sources
From ESPN - December 15, 2017

Manchester City are set to go back into the transfer market in January with a centre-back a top priority, sources have told ESPN FC.

Pep Guardiola is concerned that he does not have enough depth in his squad in that position, particularly with concerns over the fitness reliability of captain Vincent Kompany.

City were close to completing a deal for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans in August and could return with a fresh bid for the Northern Ireland international, ESPN FC has been told.

Real Sociedad centre back Inigo Martinez has also been watched by City scouts while reports suggest they could be interested in Southampton's Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk.

Despite being 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League, Guardiola wants to strengthen his squad if they are to try to compete for the Champions League. Evans, Martinez and Van Dijk would all be eligible to play in the knockout stages, which start in February.

Former Manchester United defender Evans, who turns 30 in January, would qualify as a homegrown player, although as City only have 18 players currently named in their 25-man senior squad they would not have to sell a player to make room anyway.

City were close to a deal in August but West Brom wanted a reported 30million for the centre back.

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