Manchester City draw up five-man left-back shortlist

Manchester City draw up five-man left-back shortlist with Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi heading up Pep Guardiola’s plans… as potential deal follows the imminent £11m arrival of Sergio Gomez at the Etihad

  • Manchester City have drawn up a five-man left-back shortlist this summer
  • City are looking to replace Oleksandar Zinchenko after Arsenal move last month
  • Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi heads up the Cityzens’ five-man shortlist
  • Pep Guardiola’s side are also set to complete a move for defender Sergio Gomez 

Manchester City are interested in signing Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi as the Cityzens attempt to solve their left-back issues.

Pep Guardiola’s side are set to sign Anderlecht defender Sergio Gomez in a deal worth £11million, which could rise to £16.9million.

However, the 21-year-old could be loaned out from the Etihad this season if City sign another full-back to compete with Joao Cancelo regularly.

Atletico Madrid defender Renan Lodi features on Manchester City’s left-back shortlist

The reigning Premier League champions are in the market for a left-back following the departure of Oleksandar Zinchenko to Arsenal.

Guardiola’s side were the frontrunners to sign Marc Cucurella from Brighton but were priced out by Brighton’s demands, with the left-back eventually joining Chelsea in a deal worth £62million.

City have now turned their attention to alternative targets and Atletico defender Lodi is part of a five-man shortlist, also featuring Raphael Guerreiro, Borna Sosa, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Alex Grimaldo.

Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro has just one year remaining on his BVB deal

Rayan Ait-Nouri (left) featured in Wolves’ Premier League opening day defeat to Leeds

Lodi has been a mainstay in Diego Simeone’s defence since joining from Athletico Paranaense in 2019 and was part of the side that lifted LaLiga title in 2020-21.

Serie A side Juventus did enquire about signing the 24-year-old in July but were informed that the left-back was not for sale.

The defender has three years remaining on his deal at the Wanda Metropolitano and Atletico would be entitled to demand a sizeable fee if City are to pursue a move for Lodi.

Spaniard Alex Grimaldo has been linked with a number of sides on the continent this summer

Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa has caught the attention with his superb performances at VFB

Also on the shortlist is Borussia Dortmund defender Guerreiro. The Portugal international has just one-year left on his contract with BVB and would provide stiff competition for international team-mate Cancelo.

City are also interested in Stuttgart’s Sosa. The 24-year-old has caught the eye of a number of clubs on the continent following four successful seasons with the German outfit. 

Finally, Ait-Nouri and Grimaldo also feature on the Cityzens’ left-back shortlist ahead of the window closing in just under three weeks. 

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