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Man City won’t sign injury-prone £25.2m-rated man to replace out-of-favour 26 y/o [Opinion]


Manchester City are expected to sign a new left-back at the end of the season as Benjamin Mendy has been short of fitness, form and playing time this campaign. Pep Guardiola wants an upgrade on Oleksandr Zinchenko too.

The Sky Blues have been linked with Nuno Mendes, Robin Gosens, Nicolas Tagliafico, David Alaba and Gabriel Gudmundsson, but Gazetta Dello Sport (h/t Inside Futbol) believe Alex Sandro is also on their radar.

Whether he’s a genuine transfer target remains to be seen, however, as Sandro’s had his own fitness issues this season, doesn’t have any re-sale value and arguably isn’t an improvement on City’s current options.

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The 30-year-old joined Juventus from FC Porto in 2015 and has gone on to make 221 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and supplying 29 assists (Transfermarkt).

Sandro has struggled for playing time this season, amassing only 919 minutes of Serie A football from a possible 2430. He’s had a hamstring injury, the coronavirus and recently recovered from a knock, so he’s hardly in the best condition.

The Brazilian international has a market value of £25.2m, but it’s hard to see City paying up when they have other talented players on their shortlist. Sandro turns 31 next season too, so he’s in the eve of his career.

Mendy is likely to make way in the coming months, but it may not be Sandro replacing the 26-year-old.

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