Manchester City weigh up Carlos and Giménez as alternatives to Koulibaly

Jamie Jackson on 16 September 2020

Manchester City are considering alternatives to Kalidou Koulibaly because of Napoli’s valuation of about €80m (£73.2m) for the centre-back, with Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Atlético Madrid’s José Giménez on the radar.

City’s valuation of a player who will be 30 next summer is some way short of Napoli’s, reflected in their refusal to pay £80m to Leicester for the then 26-year-old Harry Maguire last summer.

Pep Guardiola is an admirer of Giménez, 25, and the 27-year-old Carlos, the former having a £109.8m release clause and the latter one of £68.7m. If Napoli are not prepared to lower their demand for Koulibaly, City may try to buy Carlos or Giménez with a bid markedly less than the respective clauses.

Guardiola has strengthened his squad with Nathan Aké, a centre-back from Bournemouth, and Valencia’s Ferran Torres, a wide forward.

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