Date: 4th August 2021 at 12:30pm
Written by: Marc Harley

Manchester City have been on the hunt for a left-back after Benjamin Mendy fell down the pecking order last season and one player they were repeatedly after was Robin Gosens.

The 27-year-old was coming off the back of a fantastic season at Atalanta and had all the attributes Pep Guardiola looks for in a left-back, so it made sense that he was on their radar.

Although City are content to stick with Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of the new season, Michael Ball believes it’s a “no-brainer” to sign Gosens while he’s “in his prime”.

He told The Transfer Tavern: “He could fit right in and has got massive experience. That would be a no-brainer for me if Manchester City want to bring him in.”

Gosens joined Atalanta from Heracles Almelo for £1m in 2017 and has gone on to make 149 appearances in all competitions, scoring 27 goals with 20 assists. The German international scored 11 goals and made six assists in 32 Serie A games last season, more league goals than Raheem Sterling (11) managed.

Ball added: “He could come straight into the team, provide extra competition for the guys already there and he is also better than what they had last season. I think a lot of opposition teams know the full-back areas, especially on the left side, is a weak link if Manchester City have one. A guy with Gosens’ experience, right in his prime, would be perfect.”

Gosens played in all four of Germany’s games in the 2020 European Championships and could have a lot of interest after a fantastic 12 months, but it remains to be seen if City make a move. The Sky Blues aren’t likely to sign another left-back while Mendy and Zinchenko are still on the books.

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