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Manchester City ready to swoop for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand – report

Pep Guardiola is ready to follow up on his interest in England left-back Ryan Bertrand with an approach for the Southampton player, according to Martin Blackburn of The Sun.

City’s deal-makers are struggling to sign full-backs this summer, despite the left and right-back positions being in urgent need of new blood. Dani Alves stunned the club this week reneging on a verbal agreement to instead join Paris Saint-Germain.

The main target for the left-back role is Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy, but as is also the case with Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, the right-back Guardiola wants, a deal that many expected to go through weeks ago still isn’t done.

Whether or not Mendy arrives, City are stepping up their interest in Bertrand, the 27-year-old Southampton left-back who has impressed in recent seasons with consistent performances.

Southampton do not want to sell Bertrand but it is thought that a bid in the region of £30million may be enough to convince them to reluctantly let him move to the Etihad. The former Chelsea player is said to want another shot at a top side and a move to City, who are crying out for quality full-backs, would guarantee him plenty of minutes, even if Mendy also arrives.

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