Manchester City could try to sign Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam for just £3million in the January transfer window, according to a report by The Sun.
After reports from Ghoulam’s homeland of Algeria that the 26-year-old was back on City’s radar after previous interest, The Sun claims that Pep Guardiola wants to bring in Ghoulam as a replacement for injured Benjamin Mendy.
And while £3million may seem like an absurdly low fee for one of Serie A’s best full-backs, it is worth remembering that he is out of contract in June and could go for free – unless he pens a new deal at Napoli before then, something which could still happen according to reports in Italy.
Napoli may not see such an amount as worth selling Ghoulam for, considering they look poised to challenge for the Serie A title and will hope to get out of the Champions League group stage. The Italian side are in Group F with City, and currently sit in third place with two games to come against the club with eyes on their left-back.
Ghoulam is also subject to interest from Chelsea and Liverpool, who like City see the possibility of acquiring a high-level player for little to nothing. But for City, with Mendy out for much of the season and his current replacement Fabian Delph also fairly injury prone, an attempt to snatch Ghoulam in the winter transfer window makes a lot of sense.