Jose Alvarez: Manchester City have ‘real’ interest in left-back with two conditions

Manchester City have a genuine interest in the often-linked Ryan Bertrand and could move again for the 28-year-old this summer, journalist Jose Alvarez Haya has confirmed.

This comes on the heels of a report in the Mirror stating City have revived their interest in both Bertrand and Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

In the case of Bertrand, any move depends on two things according to Alvarez, the first one being Southampton’s status – if they are relegated to the Championship, it will undoubtedly have a huge effect on Bertrand’s transfer fee.

The second condition is whether Fabian Delph or Oleksandr Zinchenko leave the club, with the two and Danilo sharing the responsibility at left-back this season, due to Benjamin Mendy’s long-term absence through injury.

Jose states that Bertrand accepts the quality and standing of Mendy, who is making his way back from his injury having lined up for the EDS against Manchester United under-23s last Friday, which essentially means he would have no problem rotating in and out of the team.

Mendy is City’s only specialist left-back, unless they choose to integrate youngster Angeliño into the squad after an impressive loan spell at NAC Breda. Between them though, Delph, Zinchenko and Danilo have done an admirable job in Mendy’s role, helping the Blues to a Premier League and Carabao Cup double.

Bertrand, formerly of Chelsea, was a target last year, but when Dani Alves unexpectedly snubbed a move to City in favour of PSG, City instead had to use funds on a full-back capable of playing either side, and that turned out to be Danilo.

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