Man City considering Leicester City duo for next summer transfer swoop


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The reigning Premier League champions have struggled in the domestic campaign so far this season and currently find themselves 9-points off leaders Liverpool.

Manchester City are looking at Leicester City duo Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu to strengthen their centre-back options for next season, reports Sky Sports News.

Despite the retirement of former captain Vincent Kompany at the end of last season, Pep Guardiola decided against signing a new centre back in the summer.

His decision seems to have backfired already as with Aymeric Laporte injured for most of the season, neither John Stones nor Nicholas Otamendi have stepped up to fill the void.

The poor form of his available defenders has forced the former Barca manager to try Fernandinho and Rodi, two defensive midfielders, as his preferred centre-back pairing in the last few games. However, as their position in the Premier League table shows, that experiment hasn’t worked out well for the Citizens.

Man City considering Soyuncu and Evans

NEWPORT, WALES - JANUARY 06: Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City arrives at the stadium prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leicester City at Rodney Parade on January 6, 2019 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Man City’s interest in the Leicester duo shouldn’t come as a surprise given the fact that the pair has started the season superbly for the Foxes.

With Soyuncu and Evans marshaling their defense, the 2015/16 Premier League champions have conceded fewer goals than any other teams in England’s top division.

Man City wanted to sign Evans back in 2017 when the former Man United centre-half was playing for West Brom, but were unable to close the deal after the Tony Pulis’ side rejected several bids for the player.

Evans then moved to Leicester City a year later for £3.5m, where his partnership with the Turkish international Soyuncu has made the Foxes an unlikely title challenger.

However, while Man City have been impressed by what they have seen from the duo, the club is unlikely to pursue their signatures in January, with Guardiola previously insisting that the club won’t be in the market for a new centre-half in the winter transfer window.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City is injured during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 14, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The unfortunate injury suffered by Aymeric Laporte early at the start of this season and the poor form of Nicholas Otamendi and John Stones has resulted in the reigning Premier League champions looking vulnerable at the back.

Pep Guardiola’s side has conceded 13 goals in their opening 12 Premier League games this campaign, 8 more than what they had let in at the same stage last season.

Furthermore, while it was in December last year that Man City let in 2 goals for the first time in a single match, they have already conceded 2 or more goals in four matches already this season.

Such a leaky defense means that City, who lost only 4 games in the whole of last season, have already been defeated three times in the 2019/20 campaign.

Little wonder then, that after starting the campaign as favorites to win the title, the Citizens currently find themselves at 4th place in the table, with nine points separating them from leaders Liverpool.

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