Connect in the back of the net

With the January transfer window dawning upon us, rumors are flooding in left, right and center. Recent reports link Manchester City with a potential bid for Tottenham left-back, Danny Rose.

As the Daily Mirror reports:

“Danny Rose is a £25 million target for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

The 26-year-old Tottenham left-back only signed a new five-year contract in September – but it’s believed that won’t deter the mega-wealthy Blues, with Guardiola scouring Europe and further afield for new full-backs.

All four of City’s current first team full-backs – Aleksander Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy – are 31 or older and Guardiola is keen to lower the age profile of his defence.

City scouts have been watching Spurs’ Rose in recent weeks – and Guardiola has been impressed by their reports.

But the Blues boss could face a Manc battle with Manchester United chief Jose Mourinho also looking at left-back options in the transfer market.

United looked hard at Rose while Louis van Gaal was in charge but they know dealing with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is never a straight-forward experience.

Levy will demand top dollar for Rose — especially with the defender have signed that new deal and established himself as England’s regular left-back.

Rose, who joined from Leeds in 2007, has taken time to win his permanent place at White Hart Lane and even this season has had to fight off Wales international Ben Davies to become Mauricio Pochettino’s first choice.

His speed and eye for a shot have made him one of the Premier League’s top current full-backs, with Guardiola believing the Doncaster-born star can play in the system he is trying to implement at City.”

 

Should Man City sign him?

In my opinion, City do need a top left-back with years still left in their tank.

Kolarov and Clichy are not getting any younger and among the plethora of talent City possess, the left-back position may be considered among the side’s weaker links.

Rose would fit in nicely at the Etihad.

 

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