When it comes to buying centre-backs Man City normally just throw money at their defensive issues and hope they’ll go away.
John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala all arrived at the club with big reputations and even bigger price tags but failed to put in consistent performances.
But it would appear Pep Guardiola is taking a different tack when it comes to strengthening City’s defence this January.
The club are reportedly closing in on a deal for Bayern Munich centre-back Holger Badstuber whom Guardiola worked with for three years.
Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti already confirmed the club wouldn’t be willing to depart with Badstuber on a permanent basis so a loan deal makes sense for all parties involved.
With Ancelotti able to call upon Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, arguably Europe’s best defensive partnership, Badstuber has been starved of first-team football.
There’s also another issue which might concern City fans- Badstuber’s injury history.
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He only played nine games in all competitions last season, on the back of only 15 games the season before.
The 27-year-old missed the entirety of 2013/14 season with injury and hasn’t been able to take part in a full campaign since 2011/12, when he played 50 games for club and country.
But it’s clear to see why Pep rates him.
With composure on the ball, European pedigree and 31 international caps for Germany he would bring an excellent level of professionalism to a jittery City defence.
However there must be a worry that he’ll end up spending more time in the treatment room with Kompany than out on the pitch.
Still, it’s a less expensive risk to take then splurging £30million on someone only to send them out to La Liga on loan two years later.
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