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Manchester City Transfer Rumors: Guardiola signing Bayern Munich defender in January?

Strengthen the defense... or the medical department?

FC Augsburg v Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

The January transfer window is officially open... and Silly Season is in full force.

According to a "double report" from ESPN and The Sun (so it must be true), Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering an emergency move for Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber. The 27-year-old German has six months left on his current deal and would cost City around £3 million, which would be a bargain for a player once regarded as the best young defender in Germany.

Here's the problem: this was SIX years go, and Badstuber has unfortunately become an injury prone player. Multiple knee ligament injuries and broken ankles have completely destroyed Badstuber's career, and Bayern will not extend his contract as they have officially given up on trying to cure his problems.

Guardiola and Badstuber were very good friends in Munich, and for the very few moments when he was healthy during Pep's three-year stint in Germany, Badstuber was the best defender on the team. His passing, defending and anticipation skills are impressive for a player in his position, but you can never trust him to lead a defense because he will get injured.

With Vincent Kompany suffering from the same problem at City, it certainly doesn't seem like a great idea to bring in another injured defender, and Guardiola is very likely not even considering signing his friend and former player.

That's Silly Season, though