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Forget Koulibaly: Man City should be looking at these 2 defenders

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As news about Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly future stretches on, Man City would be clever to anticipate the deal falling through.

We have seen their continued interest in the defender since last year. Even their rich neighbours couldn’t take him from Italy to Old Trafford, opting for Harry Maguire services instead.

Bolstering the defence is one of the few improvements needed at Guardiola’s City. They recently acquired Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41million. The ex-Chelsea youngster had a fantastic season despite relegation for The Cherries.

However, interest in Koulibaly continues, making it apparent that the Etihad is still in need of one or two new faces in the line of defence. Although the Napoli man is at the top of the list for Man City, there are two other defenders that they should be keeping tabs on…

Caglar Soyuncu

Relating to the said exit of Harry Maguire to Man Utd. Leicester City’s 24-year-old from Turkey had to pull his weight last season and did a fantastic job of it.

He was crucial to Leicester City’s run in the top three throughout the campaign. They narrowly missed out on a third-place finish to Manchester United, without spending over £130million on a new defence.

Soyuncu provided leadership, strength and personal ability to Leicester’s side, much like Maguire did. And certainly like Kalidou Koulibaly does at Napoli.

This profile of defender would fit the City set-up well and is likely to cost them around £50million, despite being valued at £36million. The Turk is contracted at the King Power Stadium until 2023.

Gerard Pique

Following their humiliation in the 8-2 defeat in the Champions League to Bayern Munich, Gerard Pique found himself insecure about his future at the club. With developments in Lionel Messi’s intent to leave the club, it could start a stream of Barcelona greats leaving the side.

Ex-Man Utd man and four-time Champions League winner can step in as a certified and experienced defender. Currently, the experience at the back is in the form of Fernandinho, a player who prefers the defensive-midfield role.

These two potential signings show the two routes available to Man City. Both talented footballers would impact the team one way or another, but which does Guardiola need to bring a Champions League to the Etihad?

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