Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has identifies former Manchester United and Arsenal transfer target Sergio Gomez as Marc Cucurella’s alternative, according to The Athletic.
The Citizens are in the summer transfer market for a new left-back after the departure of Ukraine international Oleksandr Zinchenko to Emirate Stadium from Etihad and Benjamin Mendy has been charged with another count after being accused of eight counts of rape plus one count of sexual assault.
Manchester City are eager to sign Cucurella who enjoyed a hugely successful first Premier League season after making 38 appearances and scored one goal for Brighton & Hove Albion last season as he was named player of the season.
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The Spaniard handed in a transfer request on Friday in a bid to push through a move to Etihad Stadium but the Citizens are unwilling to meet the former Barcelona player £50m asking price.
Manchester City have now turned their attention to Gomez according to David Ornstein via The Athletic reports that Guardiola is keen on signing Anderlecht left back as the defending champions currently in negotiations with the Belgium Jupiler giant for the the 21-year-old Spaniard after they have scouted him extensively.
Gomez is currently sidelined with a crotch injury as he has miss the beginning of the 2022-23 Belgium Jupiler season but the youngster’s existing contract with Anderlecht runs out until June 2025.
Gomez, who has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United previously, started his professional career with Barcelona youth system before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2018, where he made only two senior appearances.
The Spain Under-21 international gained regular first-team football in his homeland with Kelechi Nwakali’s former club Huesca where he played 68 times across all competitions during a two-year stint spell before he joined Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht last year.
Gomez made 49 appearances across all competitions and notched seven goals and provide 15 assists for the Belgian giants in the 2021-22 campaign.