Manchester City face a fight to sign defensive rock: Should Pep break the bank for him?

Manchester City could have a new defensive target in Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu, who has had a very good season for the Foxes.

Soyuncu, who came into the Leicester side as a replacement for Harry Maguire, after the Englishman’s move to Manchester United, has played out of his skin.

According to Soyuncu’s agent, his client is not interested in a move away from Leicester and wants to focus on the success of the team. But, there has been interest from the Premier League’s defending champions Manchester City as well as Galatasaray.

Soyuncu has played 15 games in all competitions for Leicester City this season, and has formed a formidable partnership with Jonny Evans at the back.

The 23-year-old is also a key player for the Turkey national team, having played 28 times for them since debuting in 2016. Soyuncu joined the Foxes from Freiburg last summer, but only got his opportunity this season, following the sale of Maguire.

Should Pep break the bank for Caglar Soyuncu?

Caglar Soyuncu has been a revelation for Brendan Rodgers’ side, helping Leicester City climb up the table.

The central defender is quick, good in the air, physically strong, and can also move the ball forward. His contribution in defence has been pivotal in Leicester having the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, conceding just 9 goals in 14 games.

Defending champions Manchester City, meanwhile, have been porous at the back ever since defender Aymeric Laporte’s injury.

Manager Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to have enough faith in John Stones or Nicolás Otamendi as they have rarely been paired together, with defensive midfielder Fernandinho featuring regularly in the back four.

Soyuncu would be a good signing for City as the Turkish international is a player who is comfortable with the ball at his feet – which is vital in any Guardiola team, while also been strong in defence.

His aerial presence and commanding stature would make him a valuable addition to the City defence, while at 23 years of age, he still has the time to develop further.

Guardiola may not be able to tempt Leicester to sell him in January now that the Foxes are direct rivals to City in the league, but he could try in the summer.

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