Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering whether to make a move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

The Guardian report City are considering making a move for the player but City boss Pep Guardiola will first determine how much game-time he will receive before pursuing a move for the highly-rated 18-year-old.

De Ligt has already been capped by The Netherlands and recently featured alongside Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk for his national team, despite his young age.

But instead of hampering his progression, Guardiola is keen to assess how many minutes de Ligt will play before he considers a move for the player who could replace Vincent Kompany, according to the report.

Vincent Kompany is out of contract from June 2019, and it’s not known whether City will offer the club captain an improved deal due to the ongoing injury battles that have seen him miss the majority of games over the past four years.

Nonetheless, it’s not only Kompany that de Ligt would have to compete with as John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte will also push to become first-team starters from next season.



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