Manchester City are considering a January bid for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, as they look to add some much-needed depth to their defence.
Having lost Aymeric Laporte to injury, City were also made to cope without John Stones for a significant part of the early weeks of the season. That left just Nicolás Otamendi as their only fit and available centre-back, given former captain Vincent Kompany departed at the end of the last campaign.
Stones has since returned, but City are still interested in bringing in a new centre-back in January to give them more options, and 90min has learned that Upamecano has moved into their sights.
The highly rated 21-year-old was heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal during the summer, while Tottenham Hotspur have also been following him, but City could beat their rivals to his signature if they decide to launch a January bid.
The Citizens had preferred not to do any business in January, but they recognise their need for more options in defence. Pep Guardiola wants to avoid a panic buy and instead wants players who could have a lengthy future at the club.
As a result, club scouts have been deployed around Europe to find potential targets, and they have determined that both Upamecano and Benfica's Rúben Dias meet the criteria.
City believe that both players would be available for the right price, while they are confident that either player would be able to come in and make an instant impact at the Etihad Stadium.
Dias is under contract until 2024, whereas Upamecano will enter the final 18 months of his deal once the winter transfer window opens, meaning signing the Frenchman may be more straightforward for the Citizens.
Upamecano has already made 86 appearances for Leipzig, 11 of which have come this season. He has started all but one game in which he has been available, helping steer Julian Nagelsmann's side to second in the Bundesliga.
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