With Champions League football seemingly all there is left to play for, Manchester City appear to have begun plans to recruit ahead of the 2016/17 season.
The Citizens are set for a squad overhaul this summer when Pep Guardiola arrives as their new manager, with their defence a particular area in need of improvement.
As a result, Marca reports that Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is wanted at the Etihad to freshen up the club's ageing back line.
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The 24-year-old ticks all the boxes where an ideal full-back is concerned: fast, aggressive, attack-minded and defensively stable.
City already have Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at their disposal, of course, but both are on the wrong side of their 30's and well past their prime. Therefore, a move for Carvajal makes complete sense.
The Spaniard has repeatedly reiterated his desire to remain in the Spanish capital, yet the arrival of Danilo last summer from Porto has seen Carvajal's starting spot come under threat at the Bernabeu, which could pay dividends in a potential move.
Such uncertainty could play directly into Guardiola's hands, the 45-year-old reportedly instructing City officials to scour the transfer market for quality, defensive reinforcements amidst the club's struggles at the back this season.
And Carvajal might just be the perfect acquisition given his experience not just in La Liga, but in the Bundesliga, where he played for Bayer Leverkusen during the 2012/13 campaign and was named as one of Germany's top three right-backs.
His versatility is also an attractive attribute - he mainly operates at right-back but can comfortably fill in a left-back if needed.
With an average squad age of 29, City could do far worse than bringing a player of Carvajal's quality and potential to the Etihad, even if it did require a fee in excess of £20 million.