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Manchester City looking at Atletico Madrid left-back as part of five-man transfer shortlist

Harry Siddall

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Manchester City looking at Atletico Madrid left-back as part of five-man transfer shortlist

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Manchester City are set for a record-breaking summer of sales, but their business coming into the club has been equally impressive.

The statement signing is - of course - the £51 million capture of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract.

In the Bundesliga, the clinical striker was operating at almost a goal per game and propelled himself to stardom with consistent elite performances.

He's began life at the Etihad Stadium on fire and is exciting fans and pundits alike with what he could achieve in England.

On his Premier League debut, the Norway international scored a magnificent brace - one from the penalty spot and another by latching onto an expertly waited Kevin De Bruyne through-ball.

His signature ended a two-year long search for Sergio Agüero's successor, but City's business was certainly not done there.

ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM: Sergio Gomez of Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League match between Royal Antwerp FC and Anderlecht at Bosuilstadion on November 7, 2021. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Orange Pictures)
ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM: Sergio Gomez of Anderlecht during the Jupiler Pro League match between Royal Antwerp FC and Anderlecht at Bosuilstadion on November 7, 2021. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Orange Pictures)

Kalvin Phillips waved an emotional farewell to Leeds United and made a huge step-up to join the reigning Premier League champions.

Julian Alvarez - despite signing in January - has only joined up with his Sky Blue teammates in pre-season and also looks like an exciting prospect.

However, one glaring hole in the squad is staring Pep Guardiola in the face - left-back.

City are expected to complete the €13 million signing of Anderlecht's Sergio Gomez this week, but he is only seen a 'developmental talent'.

That means the 21-year-old could either stay with the City squad this season, or be shipped out on loan to Girona - a sister club in the CFG network.

The Blues are still after a senior left-back and a new name has emerged on the radar this afternoon.

According to Mike McGrath at the Telegraph, Atletico Madrid's Renan Lodi is one of five names on City's list, but a deal for the 24-year-old is seen as extremely difficult.

Renan Lodi still has three years left on his contract (PRESSINPHOTO SPORTS AGENCY / Alamy)
Renan Lodi still has three years left on his contract (PRESSINPHOTO SPORTS AGENCY / Alamy)

The La Liga giants value Lodi in the same bracket as Marc Cucurella - who recently completed a record £62 million move to Chelsea.

Lodi also has three-years left on his contract at the Wanda, so negotiations would be understandably tough this late in the window.

Other targets include Borussia Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro and VfB Stuttgart's Borna Sosa.

Looking around the Premier League, Arsenal's Kieran Tierney has been a long-term target and Wolves' Rayan Ait-Nouri is a player City have been monitoring very closely.

It remains to be seen what City's plans are with Gomez, but they are certainly in the market for a target a little more senior.

Topics: Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Premier League, Manchester City Transfer News & Rumours

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