According to Alan Nixon of The Sun, the Blues have identified Lyon centre-back, Mouctar Diakhaby, as an ideal addition Pep Guardiola’s talented squad and could soon make a move for him.
Diakhaby, 20, fits the bill as City boss Pep Guardiola looks for a defender who can play and is quick on his feet.
City have been looking all over for suitable candidates, including Swansea & Wales U21 star Joe Rodon but he would only be seen as cover.
Diakhaby seems more advanced if Guardiola pushes for a centre-half in the next window. And the fact he has picked up European experience is a plus.
Diakhaby is a towering figure at over 6’3″ tall but with the height and physicality comes pace and impressive technical ability, with the youngster having a 86.6% pass success rate this season.
Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and Mikel Arteta, a member of Pep’s coaching staff, were spotted in the crowd on Thursday night to observe Lyon’s win over Everton at Goodison Park in the Europa League. And their eyes were reportedly fixed on the promising defender.
Meanwhile, City think they have pulled off a coup by signing top teen Alex Robertson, who had been on trial with neighbours United.
City are banned from signing other clubs’ youngsters but the Aussie midfielder, 15, had not signed a scholarship deal offered at Old Trafford and opted for the Etihad instead.
Robertson hit four goals for his new bosses in a youth game last week.
Pep Guardiola had made cover at left-back one of his top priorities for next summer.
And the recent long-term injury to Benjamin Mendy has made his need for reinforcements even greater.
City know Ghoulam is into the final year of his contract with the Serie A leaders.
That means he will be available on a free next summer.