Man City chase Napoli left-back Ghoulam

Manchester City are looking to make a bid for Napoli and Algeria left-back Faouzi Ghoulam in the January transfer window, after impressing against them in the midweek Champions League fixture.

Faouzi Ghoulam impressed against Man City in the midweek Champions League game at the Etihad

As we reported a few weeks ago, Ghoulam is also a target for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, but Man City with deep pockets and money to burn can easily outbid their Premier League rivals by offering a larger transfer fee and higher wages.

The Algerian international has yet to sign a contract extension with Napoli, which will mean he will be out of contract at the end of the season or leave for a cut-price deal next summer.

City manager, Pep Guardiola was very impressed with the performance of the attacking left-back in midweek, he has now decided to make a move for the player in the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old, has been regarded as one of the best full-backs in Serie A, and he has played a key part in Napoli’s 100% start to the season by providing three assists and two goals so far this season.

Man City’s need for a left-back is urgent after the long-term knee injury of Benjamin Mendy, who will be out of action until April.  Fabian Delph has been filling in at left-back since Mendy was injured, but Guardiola is looking for a specialised left-back on a long term basis for the position vacated by the injured Frenchman.

City are expected to make a bid in the winter transfer window, but Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is still hopeful the player will put pen to paper on a new deal which would keep him at the club longer, or command a higher transfer fee if any club did want to sign him up.