Manchester City identify under-the-radar left-back replacement


Manchester City identify under-the-radar left-back replacement

Manchester City short at left-back

For all their wealth of resources in other positions, Manchester City are short in the left-back department.

With the lack of defending that Pep Guardiola’s side are required to do for the most part, it has not been a major problem, but yet it lingers.

Oleksander Zinchenko is the only orthodox left-back at the club, after the criminal charges that Benjamin Mendy faces meaning that, if found guilty, he will never play football again.

This means that Joao Cancelo has often featured as an auxiliary left-back, a role in which he has excelled yet one in which he is not a natural.

Therefore, it was no surprise to see links to more orthodox left backs, including Arsenal’s Nuno Tavares, emerge ahead of the January transfer window.

Now, however, they may have found their man.

Back to Brazil

To find their potential new defender, the Citizens have returned to the place where they discovered Gabriel Jesus and new signing Kayky. Brazil.

The latest man of interest is 21 year old Abner Vinicius, who currently plays for Athletico Paranaensem according to a report in the Telegraph.

The defender won gold with Brazil at the Olympics last year in Tokyo, and has impressed in his three seasons in Brazil.

Could he be the answer to Manchester City’s left-back problem?

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