Man City close to announcing signing of new left-back after losing out on Cucurella

Date published: Wednesday 10th August 2022 10:05 - Jason Soutar

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Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez will join Premier League champions Man City for a fee ‘close to €15million’, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Citizens were linked with Marc Cucurella earlier this summer but were unwilling to meet Brighton’s valuation of the Spaniard.


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Cucurella ended up joining Chelsea for a fee reported to be as high as £62m.

Pep Guardiola did not have a natural left-back available to him last season and would use Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo or Oleksandr Zinchenko in that position.

The Spanish manager did not utilise an out-and-out No. 9 last term, either, and addressed that early on by bringing in Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

Gabriel Jesus was allowed to leave the club following the arrival of Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

It has been a busy summer on that front, with Jesus and Zinchenko joining Arsenal and Raheem Sterling moving to Chelsea.

Ake was also linked with Chelsea and Bernardo Silva is reportedly Barcelona’s final top target in a bizarre transfer window for them.

Having brought in Haaland, Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips and back-up goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, Guardiola is still seeking a new left-back.

This will likely be the final piece of incoming action for Man City, although a report on Wednesday claimed the sale of Silva could help the Citizens fund the signing of Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham.

It was reported earlier this month that City would pursue Anderlecht defender Sergio Gomez after missing out on Cucurella.

The 21-year-old joined the Belgian side from Dortmund for around £2m last year.

He was very impressive in his debut season for the club, averaging a goal contribution every second game in the league from left-back.

And following his stellar campaign, it would seem that Man City have decided to bring him in.

This is according to Fabrizio Romano, who has said ‘here we go’ on the matter, which means it is as good as done.

Romano says the fee is ‘more than €10m’ and ‘closer to €15m’ after the two clubs reached a ‘verbal agreement’.

It is unclear whether or not Gomez will stay at the club and compete for a place in Guardiola’s starting XI, or go out on loan.

The Italian journalist says he has a ‘good chance’ of staying in England, but if this is not the case he will join La Liga outfit and City’s sister club, Girona.

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