With Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov failing to impress while fighting it our for Manchester City's left-back spot for the past few seasons with neither managing to hold down the position or maintain consistent level of performance, could it be time for the Citizens to look elsewhere this summer.
A string of names have adorned the back pages and I give my assessment of the offerings, plus my own recommendations.
The Monaco man spunk to the attention of City fans in late last year when the Frenchman was reported to be attending City's home Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Though any meeting between the club and player was quickly denied by both parties. Layvin is sure to be a hot property in the summer with a host of Premier League clubs vying for his signature.
The German based full back is someone who could really apart well to the English game, his ability to cross and pitch in with the odd goal or two could see him as a perfect fit for the way Manchester City play.
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The stumbling block could be Wolfsburg's desire to keep hold o the Swiss international, as they see him as a key member of there side.
The West Ham defender has impressed since making the move to Upton Park from Ipswich.
The step up to the Premier League has not seem to faze the Englishman, producing some excellent performances which has caught the eye of many.
His ability to get down the line and provide crosses for the strikers has helped West Ham push up the table this season. Though I myself have been impressed with these showing I am not convinced he has what it takes at this stage to move up to Champions League level.
Another attacking full back who could offer a lot going forward, the Porto man is one of the most respected left backs in Europe at the moment with many big clubs keeping an eye on his future.
Would City want to take the gamble on yet another player from the Portuguese club after signing Sandro's former team mates Fernando and Mangala who so far have yet to live up to their billing.
Adapting to the English game does seem to be a problem for players coming from the Portuguese league and how long it may take Sandro to get up to speed is worth thinking about.
At 18 years old the City academy player may be just that tad to young to push for a place in the first team right now but since arriving at the club from Deportivo he quickly started to impress and signed a scholarship with the club in 2013.
Since then he has gone from strength to strength, playing at a higher level than his age group. The young Spaniard could be the perfect back up next season, providing cover and gaining experience.
Which of the left-backs - if any - should Manchester City replace Clichy and Kolarov with? Have your say in the comments below!
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