City battle Real Madrid for ‘Marcelo replacement’ left-back Junior Firpo
Man City are set to battle Real Madrid for the signing of defender Junior Firpo, as indicated by reports.
The left-back, 22, is considered a suitable back-up and competition to first-choice Benjamin Mendy who has battled since moving to the Etihad a year ago.
Mendy has played only multiple times in the Premier League this season and managed seven appearances last season due to knee injuries.
But with Fabien Delph suspended, Oleksandr Zinchenko is filling in at left-back for Manchester City and could play there again in the crunch conflict with Liverpool on Thursday.
According to AS, though, Pep Guardiola is monitoring Firpo’s situation.
He will confront rivalry from Real Madrid for the full-back while Arsenal are also reportedly interested.
Real Madrid are expected to make a move next summer for the left-back who has three league goals in 15 appearances this season, demonstrating he represents the assaulting danger both City and Real Madrid would hunger for.
Firpo has commonly played in a left wing-back role throughout this season with Betis playing a 3-4-3 formation under Quique Setien.
What’s more, that flexibility would no uncertainty suit Guardiola and Unai Emery who have both used a back three and a back four during their respective spells in England.
Guardiola has likewise distinguished Leicester’s Ben Chilwell as a potential target and could be ready to part with £50m for the England international despite him signing a new six-year deal at the King Power in October.