Man City want new signing as Pep Guardiola 'doesn't trust' current player
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Manchester City are reportedly in the market to sign another new full-back, months after signing Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht.
The Citizens had been in the market in the summer, targeting Brighton's Marc Cucurella before he decided to move to Chelsea.
That saw them move for their back-up target in Gomez, who has struggled to make an impact having made zero starts in the Premier League so far.
And now reports are claiming that Pep Guardiola isn't happy with the full-back's current level, and the reigning Premier League champions could be entering the market in January as a result.
According to the latest reports, City are targeting a new full back during the January window, with summer signing Gomez reportedly not fully trusted by Guardiola.
The Athletic has reported that the left-back isn't trusted to start games, prompting the club to target increased depth.
Targets could include Arsenal's Kieran Tierney, who plays back-up to former City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko and Chelsea's Ben Chilwell, who competes directly with Cucurella.
Furthermore, it's claimed that Borussia Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro and Wolves' Rayan Ait-Nouri were also players pursued during the summer, but there isn't a leading contender at this point.
Given the strength of City's squad, another full-back signing may not seem needed with Joao Cancelo thriving in a left-back role which is balanced out by Kyle Walker on the right.
But City do only possess one natural left and right back, in Walker and Gomez, but Cancelo can fulfil either role, whilst Nathan Ake has deputised on the left when needed.
It's worth nothing that City did give Gomez a five-year-deal - so perhaps it's a little premature for Pep to be giving up on the 22-year-old after less than 500 minutes of action so far.
Guardiola has spent over a €1 billion in total transfers since joining City, and over €230 million on full-backs alone.
Given it's been four months since he last signed a full-back, our guess is that he's been itching to sign another.
The decision to sell Zinchenko does seem a puzzling one, given it weakened them whilst simultaneously strengthening a team who currently sit one place ahead of them at the top of the Premier League table, and that, plus Guardiola's clear wishes as mentioned above, could see City sign another full-back in the coming window.