Manchester City may look to up their interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich after the German recently expressed his frustration at his lack of playing time.
Reports in the Mirror suggest that City boss Pep Guardiola has long been an admirer of the 22-year-old and is keen to work with him again, having spent three seasons with the player during his own spell at the Allianz Arena.
The City manager is widely expected to continue his squad overhaul this summer in a bid to get the team winning trophies once again.
Whilst the Citizens have impressed in spells this season, their defensive issues continue to hinder their Premier League title aspirations and Guardiola is thought to be prioritising signing both defenders and midfielders at the end of the season.
"It does not matter whether I understand it or not. The fact is I'm not satisfied with it and I want to change it." he said last week.
Despite being a first-team regular under Guardiola last year, Kimmich has struggled for game-time under current head coach Carlo Ancelotti. He has played just 42 minutes in the Bavarians' last five matches and has only twice completed a full match since the end of October.
Though Kimmich appeared to suggest he would look for change should the situation remain as it is, City's hopes of signing him this summer look have suffered a serious blow in recent weeks.
With both Xabi Alonso and captain Philipp Lahm announcing their respective retirements at the of the season, Kimmich could yet be offered a lifeline at Bayern and his suitability to either position means that his club are unlikely to sanction a move away in the summer, as they plan for life without two of their most influential players.