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Manchester City consider move for Caglar Soyuncu amid centre-back crisis – report

Caglar Soyuncu

Manchester City are weighing up a move for Leicester centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, according to reports.

Pep Guardiola has been forced to field midfielder Fernandinho in the heart of his defence in recent matches after Aymeric Laporte and John Stones were ruled out of action by injury.

Laporte suffered a knee injury in the 4-0 victory over Brighton (opens in new tab) last month and is expected to be sidelined until January at the earliest.

Stones will return to the team before then as he continues his recovery from a muscle problem, but the England international may still be forced to spend another month on the treatment table.

Vincent Kompany left the Etihad Stadium to take up a player-manager role at Anderlecht this summer, and City (opens in new tab) decided against signing a replacement.

That always left them vulnerable at centre-back and Guardiola could rectify the issue by making a move for Soyuncu in January.

The City boss recently declared that the club do not have the money to make any new signings in the mid-season market.

However, Turkish publication Fotospor (opens in new tab) write that the Premier League champions have been impressed by the Leicester (opens in new tab) man’s performances so far this season.

Soyuncu was restricted to just six Premier League appearances last term, but he has become a regular starter in 2019/20 following the summer sale of Harry Maguire to Manchester United (opens in new tab).

City were also linked with Maguire but ultimately chose not to make an offer because they felt the former Hull stopper was too expensive at £80m.

Guardiola could return to the King Power Stadium in an attempt to acquire Soyuncu, although City are aware that Leicester will be loath to lose one of their key players in the middle of the campaign.

Guardiola’s side beat Everton (opens in new tab) 3-1 on Saturday to remain five points behind of Premier League leaders Liverpool (opens in new tab).

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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).