Manchester City certainly kept themselves busy over the summer transfer window.
The arrival of Pep Guardiola prompted the club to invest more than £180 million towards bringing in new talent.
The fresh faces include John Stones, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Claudio Bravo, adding a blend of youthful talent and experienced campaigners.
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Despite the new recruits, there is still at least one glaring weakness in an otherwise glittering City squad – the left and right full-back roles.
However, reports indicate Guardiola has set the wheels in motion to land one of his most coveted transfer targets.
The Sun claims City have spoken with representatives of Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba about a prospective move to the Etihad during the last fortnight.
The versatile Austria international is rated at £40 million, and while he is unlikely to leave the Bundesliga giants in the January window, his Premier League admirers are confident of landing him ahead of next season.
Guardiola is believed to have instructed the club to draw up a list of potential signings to fill the left and right full-back positions.
It is hardly remarkable that the Spaniard has not taken long to identify the main weakness in his team – and perhaps even less surprising is the fact he is chasing one of his former players to fill the void.
While Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna are accomplished players in their own right, their experience would be outshone by the arrival of the hugely talented Alaba.
Having spent three years managing the 27-year-old at Bayern Munich, Guardiola is acutely aware of his capacity to produce a performance of the highest order in virtually any position on the pitch.
The one potential obstacle in City’s pursuit of Alaba is his contract status – he penned a new five-year deal with the German champions in March this year.
However, the Citizens have indicated they are prepared to double his £75,000-a-week wages in order to secure his services – and would likely go even higher if push comes to shove.
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