Manchester City are set to switch focus in their search for a left-back after failing to agree a transfer fee with Brighton & Hove Albion for Marc Cucurella.
According to ESPN, Man City will not pay the Seagulls’ £50 million asking price for the Barcelona youth product and that they are now actively looking at alternatives.
The Athletic reports that Borussia Dortmund star Raphael Guerreiro, a target that they have previously been linked with due to his ability to contribute high up the pitch, has been escalated up Man City’s shortlist.
The 28-year-old contributed to eight goals in 23 starts across the Bundesliga and Champions League for BVB last season, and he has also impressed while representing Portugal at international level.
Having moved Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal, City are expected to ramp up their transfer efforts next week, with hopes of landing a replacement before their Premier League campaign begins on Sunday against West Ham United.
Michael Ballack has hinted that Timo Werner should demand an exit from Chelsea as RB Leipzig, Juventus and Arsenal battle to sign the striker.
“Timo has been a lot better than what he is at the moment in terms of personality and character. It was a brave step on his part to go to Chelsea, knowing what their setting is like – but he hasn’t managed to establish himself,” Ballack said.
“He now needs to build up his mental strength once again. He strikes me as a nice guy, but he has to try to flip the switch so he can believe in himself once more. To my mind he is too well-behaved, and he resigns himself to his fate. If that does not change, he will continue to have a difficult time.”