Manchester City and Arsenal consider bids for Burnley centre-back – report

Another name on the list of potential defensive targets for Manchester City is the impressive Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, with Matt Hughes of The Times revealing that both City and Arsenal are monitoring the player.

The 25-year-old, who is being tipped to receive an England call-up soon, is one of the most improved defenders in the Premier League this season as part of a Burnley’s back-line that hasn’t shipped more than one goal in a game since they visited the Etihad in October.

Tarkowski is said to be happy at Turf Moor, but if a Champions League club came calling, he would have a difficult decision to make.

Burnley have no plans of inviting bids for Tarkowski in the January transfer window, but their sale of Michael Keane to Everton in the summer showed that if the right bid arrives, they will sell their best players.

Tarkowski, formerly of Oldham, is the latest of a host of centre-halves linked with City, after Pep Guardiola admitted the club had been discussing bringing in another player for that position with Vincent Kompany’s continuing injury woes and John Stones being sidelined for over a month.

Virgil van Dijk is the most high profile name being associated with a move to the Etihad, while Jonny Evans of West Brom and Real Sociedad’s Spain international Iñigo Martínez are more modestly priced alternatives.

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