Since missing out on Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been keeping an eye on Tottenham Hotspur’s Ben Davies, according to reports. Guardiola wants a fullback who can also play in a central defense spot, which would justify interest in the Welshman.
Davies is second option to Danny Rose under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, but would definitely get some good minutes at the Etihad. Pep wants him to provide cover for the injury prone Vincent Kompany and strengthen the side’s defense as they push for a top-four finish. At the young age of 23, Davies could prove to be a viable long-term option for City.
Davies is currently valued at around £20 million, which would not be a problem for the rich owners of Manchester City. The only issue is whether or not the North London side would be willing to sell in the January window, boosting a direct rival in the chase for the Premier League title.
City supporters will wonder if the club could do better in the transfer market with a proven and more elite player such as Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao. Davies isn't bad, but is he worth the investment?