Manchester City are keeping tabs on highly-rated AC Milan defender Theo Hernandez, according to reports.
Despite City breaking the British transfer record in acquiring Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, their transfer window ended quietly following their failed attempt to lure Harry Kane away from Tottenham Hotspur.
The England captain was reportedly the name at the top of the list of City’s transfer chiefs. Still, their plans to bring the superstar striker were scuppered after failing to meet the asking price of Spurs’ notoriously stubborn chairman, Daniel Levy.
It is unclear whether discussions with Spurs will continue in January after Kane announced in an Instagram post he would continue plying his trade in North London for the summer.
Yet, with only Oleksandr Zinchenko to call upon as a natural left-footed full-back due to Benjamin Mendy’s suspension amid an ongoing legal investigation, pundits have suggested Pep Guardiola has another pressing need to address in defence.
According to reports from the Sun, City are ‘keeping tabs’ on the flying full-back, who possesses many of the attributes you might associate with a Guardiola full-back.
It is believed the Blues are actively looking at options to bolster the left side of the defence, and currently, it appears Hernandez is near the top of the list. Reports were corroborated by Calciomercato, who report Hernandez ‘likes’ City as an option for a transfer.
They also confirm Paris Saint Germain is a favoured option for the Frenchman, but PSG looks unlikely to move for Hernandez, having recently completed the signing of Nuno Mendes.
Elsewhere, City have rejoined the race to sign Declan Rice, according to Eurosport.
Manchester United and Chelsea have heavily monitored the dynamic defensive midfield player, but it appears that City are back in the running to pry him away from the London Stadium.
Fernandinho is now 36 and is only under contract in Manchester until the end of the season, and Rice could provide another option in the heart of midfield to compete with Rodri.
Any deal to sign Rice is expected to cost upwards of £100million, a massive outlay for a player where there is already significant cover. However, Guardiola has previously labelled the Englishman, a ‘fantastic player’ and would sanction a move to bolster the squad’s English contingent.
The 22-year-old has blossomed into one of the complete midfield anchors in the Premier League and started every game for England in their historic run to the Euro 2020 final in the summer.