It seems as though Manchester City were seriously interested in signing Bayern Munich’s left footed German centre-back, Holger Badstuber in the January transfer window on loan.

On paper, the move seems like an excellent one as Badstuber fills all the boxes of the classical “Pep” centre back, and given that the City manager has been forced to play Kolarov as a makeshift centre back, the move makes even more sense.

City’s problems defensively have been due to the fact of ageing full-backs, weak partnerships and awful goalkeeping. If City are looking for a deal in January, then this five could solve an enormous issue for the Blues.

However, his related injury problems are of serious worry to City fans, and unsurprisingly, many have taken to social media to express their concern over their potential new signing.

Here are five European-based defenders Guardiola should target for a reasonable price.


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