Manchester City Want New Left-Back With Oleksandr Zinchenko Future Uncertain

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Aleks Zinchenko could depart the Etihad Stadium soon
Aleks Zinchenko could depart the Etihad Stadium soon / Gareth Copley/Getty Images
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Manchester City are keen to land a new left-back before the transfer window slams shut but not before Oleksandr Zinchenko is moved on.

City looked shaky at the back last season and this trend has continued recently with Pep Guardiola's side losing 5-2 at home to Leicester last Sunday. It marked the first time a Guardiola managed team has conceded five goals in the Spaniard's entire career.

Centre-backs Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias have already been signed for a combined £100m and City do not appear to show any signs of slowing down.

Guardiola had a terrible day at the office against Brendan Rodgers' Foxes
Guardiola had a terrible day at the office against Brendan Rodgers' Foxes / Pool/Getty Images

According to the Daily Mail, the Citizens are also hoping to sign a new left-back with Bayern Munich's David Alaba linked. Alaba has largely been used as a central defender by Hansi Flick of late but the Austrian has spent the majority of his playing days on the left.

The 28-year-old only has one year left to run on his deal at the Allianz Arena and Die Roten are eager for him to pen new terms to end recent speculation.

If Alaba cannot be prised away from the champions of Europe, City could go after Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico. The Argentine has previously been linked to several other Premier League clubs such as Leicester and Chelsea. He is now being mentioned as the answer to Guardiola's defensive headaches, although it would take a big offer to secure his services.

Before either of these deals can be completed, City will have to get one of their current, underperforming left-backs off the books. Both Benjamin Mendy and Zinchenko have underwhlemed of late but it is the latter who is more likely to depart.

The Ukrainian has previously attracted attention from Wolves and Real Betis in the past but rejected both moves in favour of fighting for his first-team spot.

More sensationally, there have also been suggestions that he could be sold to Barcelona.

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