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Man City launch £50million bid to land Juventus and Brazil defender Alex Sandro

The Eastlands club failed with a bid last summer but are ready to put in an offer the Old Lady cannot refuse

Pep Guardiola is in desperate need of some new full-backs.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has rotated the likes of Gael Clichy, Alexsandar Kolarov, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas but has yet to find a combination he deems acceptable.

And so he will ask Man City’s owners to once again open their chequebooks with Juventus left-back Alex Sandro emerging as a primary target.

 

Alex Sandro is the subject of a £50million bid from Manchester City

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£50million of talent?

Guardiola tried to sign the Brazilian last summer but was turned down by the Italian giants.

But, according to the Mirror, City are now going back in for Sandro with a bid that the club will find hard to turn down.

£50million to be precise.

The report goes as far as saying Juve have even began looking for a replacement for Sandro.

 

Alex Sandro is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe at the moment

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Alex Sandro is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe at the moment

The deal would make Sandro the world’s most expensive defender, equal with David Luiz after the Brazilian’s transfer to PSG from Chelsea in 2014.

He would also become the most expensive left-back in history, an accolade currently boasted by Man United’s £27million misfit Luke Shaw.

Brazil international Sandro would provide City with the pace, power and technical skills required in Guardiola’s system, although the Spaniard has a number of aces on his shopping list.

Former Barcelona youngster Alex Grimaldo is a target, although Benfica are demanding £38.5m.

Valencia favourite Jose Gaya has also been identified but he would cost a staggering £45m.