Manchester City are plotting a move for Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell as they look to address a problem area, the Mirror reports.
Pep Guardiola is once again having to utilise midfielders as converted left-backs, with Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko producing inconsistent performances in the absence of Benjamin Mendy.
For the second season running, Mendy has been sidelined by serious injury and it is reported that 21-year-old Leicester starlet Chilwell, who has been capped five times by England, has emerged as a serious candidate for the position.
With Guardiola no longer able to count on Mendy’s fitness – the French international not expected back until February – a second natural left-back would boost the squad and Chilwell, who has been in fantastic form for Leicester, would solve the problem and add another homegrown talent to the City squad.
Chilwell would not come cheap with the Mirror suggesting that his price-tag could be similar to those of Kyle Walker and Mendy, in the £50 million region.
The Foxes are in a position of strength having tied down Chilwell to a new £110,000-a-week contract just two months ago, which runs until 2024. Therefore, it could be difficult for City to sign him in the January window, after last year failing to agree a deal with Leicester for Riyad Mahrez.