MANCHESTER CITY are eyeing a cut-price £3m deal for Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam in January.
The 26-year-old is out of contract next summer and free to speak to English clubs over a free transfer.
Faouzi Ghoulam is an Algerian footballer who plays as a left back for S.S.C Napoli in Serie A and the Algerian National Team.
On 22 September 2010, Ghoulam made his professional debut for AS Saint-Etienne coming as a substitute in the 82nd minute of a Coupe de la Ligue match against Nice. He made his Ligue 1 debut in a round 13 clash against Valenciennes and went on to make another 11 appearances in his breakout season with Saint-Etienne, becoming a consistent starter by the end of the season. Over the next two and a half seasons, he made another 65 league appearances before moving to S.S.C Napoli in the winter of 2014. He became an immediate starter at Napoli under Rafael and helped the side finish in third place in Serie A in 13/14.
Pep Guardilo wants to bring the Algerian ace in early as a replacement for the crocked Benjamin Mendy. The Frenh Star is set to be sidelined for a long time due to a horror knee injury.
Ghoulam is also being a choice for Liverpool and Chelsea after impressing in Serie A over the last few seasons.
City are hoping to open talks with Napoli next week when they face each other in the Champions League at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Napoli ace and has sent City scouts to watch him on a number of occasions
He is refusing to sign improved terms with the Italian giants, and wants a new challenge abroad.
Ghoulam is set to be offered around £90,000-a-week by City, along with a hefty signing-on bonus.
An Etihad source said: “Ghoulam has been looked at for a while and Pep is very much interested.
“City play Napoli next week and are hoping to steal a march on others about a deal. He’s free to speak to English clubs soon.
“Pep is looking for a cheap replacement for Mendy and the scouts have reported some good things.”
Ex-France Under-21 international Ghoulam joined Napoli from Saint-Etienne in 2014.
He has gone on to make 105 Serie A appearances and score two goals for the club.