Manchester City have spent £120 million on full-backs this summer. This comes after spending big on center-backs in the recent years with players like John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala joining the club. Despite all of these defensive signings a report from Goal’s Sam Lee says Pep Guardiola could be looking for one more center-back to add some depth to the back line.
Big money moves for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk or AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci never materialized for City, while another name being thrown around has been Iñigo Martínez, a 26-year-old defender from Real Sociedad who could cost around €30 million.
Goal also reports Pep and his staff have discussed former Bayern Munich star Holger Badstuber in recent days, but concerns over his long injury history have curtailed those talks. Considering the money spent on full-backs already and with the club still chasing Alexis Sánchez and Kylian Mbappé, financial reasons could stop City from further strengthening their back line.
As of right now City have three senior center-backs who look to start this season. Eliaquim Mangala seems destined to leave this summer and Tosin Adarabioyo is likely too young to truly contribute this season. This would mean one injury to the group of central defenders could leave City with a real problem in a crucial position.
Every City supporter hopes to see club captain Vincent Kompany avoid the medical room this season and if that happens perhaps City won't need to spend more on another central defender. But there’s still one month left in the transfer market, so who knows?