Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has set his sights on wantaway Napoli left-back
The 26-year-old's current deal at the
This means that the Algeria international will be free to speak to clubs of his choosing in January, and orchestrate a free transfer for the end of this term.
Ghoulam would certainly fit the bill for Guardiola's needs, however the north west club will have competition in securing the Saint-Etienne academy graduate.
Faouzi Ghoulam has now recorded 9 league assists since the start of last season; Marcelo (11) is the only defender with more. pic.twitter.com/An2J2gRgXr— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 23, 2017
Both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on the 26-year-old, but would prefer to capitalise on the Algerian's free-agent status in the summer, rather than spending anything.
The European elite pairing are reportedly readying a £5m salary pay packet for the Napoli-man, double the new deal tabled by the Light Blues, however may not get the chance to discuss the terms if Manchester City are able to coax the left-back to the Etihad Stadium in the meantime.