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With a recent revelation emerging about Manchester City being prepared to bid farewell to Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, the club have been linked with a host of reinforcements at left-back.
One name that has constantly been doing the rounds is Brighton & Hove Albion’s Marc Cucurella.
With the Catalan defender recently teasing a move to the Premier League champions on social media, it is not far-fetched to suggest that there may be more than a hint of truth to the endless paper talk.
Wolves’ Rayan-Aït-Nouri is another player that has been claimed to be on Manchester City’s ‘radar’ regarding a potential transfer.
While Bundesliga and Germany international star David Raum is another rumoured target, with the player's stock continuing to rise as one of the most exciting left-backs in Europe at present.
However, a transfer rumour that has lately started to surface on the back pages involves Arsenal's Kieran Tierney potentially donning Sky Blue next season.
With the Gunners looking to bring in a less-injury prone option in Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, as per reports, the 25-year old could well pounce on the rare opportunity of signing for Pep Guardiola’s side.
As one ponders how one of the Premier League's best left-backs would fit in at the Etihad Stadium, the chances of the switch coming to fruition have been revealed.
According to a report by Football Scotland, Kieran Tierney is expected to stay at Arsenal next season, amid speculation around Manchester City’s willingness to secure his services for around £50 million.
It has also been mentioned that no offer is forthcoming from the Etihad Stadium in the coming weeks and months.
Additionally, the ‘general feeling’ around the Scotsman’s camp remains that he will continue his stay at the Emirates Stadium in to the 2022/23 campaign.
Notably, the report states that the former Celtic defender remaining injured for a chunk of last season could be a major factor behind Manchester City’s unwillingness to pursue a deal for him.
Missing 13 games and 77 days in total due to injury problems, Kieran Tierney eventually had to undergo knee surgery at the end of the campaign which meant he missed the last two months of his side’s season.
Only recently, the FA Cup winner was forced to miss Scotland’s UEFA Nations League fixtures due to suffering an injury.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Manchester City’s main left-back target in Marc Cucurella last missed a game due to injury in the 2017/18 season - which is the kind of exemplary fitness record that gives him the edge over the likes of Kieran Tierney.
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