Sky Germany confirm Manchester City have made contact with Serie A centre-back

Manchester City are considering a number of options to strengthen the centre-back position this summer, and one of the reported targets is 24-year-old Roma defender, Antonio Rüdiger, a player capped 12 times by the German national team.

Both the Mirror and ESPN reported back in March that Pep Guardiola had his eyes on Rüdiger, a tall and strong centre-back with good passing ability. And Sport Bild in Rüdiger’s homeland claimed just days ago that City remained interested, but that Roma’s domestic rivals, Inter, had been the first to make an approach with a €40 million (£33.9 million) proposal.

Sky Germany has today confirmed all of that information. Their own sources have informed them that Inter have an offer on the table for the 6’3″ tall defender, but that Manchester City are interested and recently made contact with the player. However, no offer has arrived from the Etihad as yet, suggesting that Rüdiger may be just one of several options under consideration.

Leonardo Bonucci, Virgil van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte are three other names mentioned in the rumour mill as potential reinforcements at City. Just yesterday, Pep Guardiola hinted that he would go into the market for a centre-back, because despite the quality of club captain Vincent Kompany, more options are needed due to his injury proneness.

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