Last month, a noted Inter fan site reported that Manchester City’s had seen a January ‘dry loan’ (no option to buy) offer Inter Milan’s defender, Jeison Murillo, refused.
Having been linked with Virgil van Dijk and Holger Badstuber in the January transfer window, it’s quite likely that Pep Guardiola considered adding a new centre-back to bolster what was, at the time, a struggling defence.
In recent days, Gazzetta dello Sport has confirmed that City made a play for Murillo, a 24-year-old Colombian international, and today comes further evidence that Guardiola likes the combative, all-action defender.
Inter are currently working on a contract renewal for Murillo, which they are confident of getting done in the near future, but according to an exclusive report by TMW, City are still interested in the defender and might try again in the summer.
Murillo is expected to extend his contract at the San Siro until 2021 or 2022, but his wage rise to €2 million (£1.7 million) a season plus bonuses is something City could easily top if they return for the talented defender.
Noted for his tough tackling, which included an infamous ‘groin tackle’ on Gareth Bale during the Colombian’s days at Granada, Murillo is also quite handy with the ball at his feet and has an 87.3% pass accuracy rate in Serie A and the Europa League combined this season, which is less than John Stones, but better than Nicolás Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov.
He’s also capable of the occasional worldy as you can see below!