Manchester City have let in more goals than any other team in the Premier League’s top six, so it is understandable to see them being linked with a defender.
The Citizens have conceded 38 times in their 36 top-flight outings and The Guardian is reporting that Pep Guardiola is planning to bring in Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao to help solve their defensive deficiencies.
However, bringing in the French centre-back won’t come easy and the Mancunians will need to match his £39m buyout clause to secure a deal.
Spending so much is obviously not a concern for the cash-rich outfit, but they need to truly assess whether the 21-year-old is worth it and they have been hurt by signing defenders from La Liga before.
Nicolas Otamendi was signed from Valencia in August 2015 for £28.5m, but has yet to truly justify his price tag.
The 28-year-old has made a number of mistakes since heading to the Etihad and is yet to show why the club spent so much on him.
Indeed in his last outing, a 4-2 loss to Southampton, he looked poor and could take the blame for the hosts’ first three goals.
Similarly, Martin Demichelis was introduced as a 60th-minute substitute in the defeat to the Saints and did little to shore up the backline.
The 35-year-old, who signed from Atletico Madrid in 2013, has had a poor campaign, including against Manchester United.
Marcus Rashford, 18, got the better of his more experienced foe and found the net to give the Red Devils the derby win.
The last time City signed a world-class centre-back it was Vincent Kompany and he was recruited from the Bundesliga.
Similarly, they had Jerome Boateng on their books, also signed from Germany, and, had they played him in his proper position, they would have a phenomenal defensive partnership.
Therefore, they would be wiser to make an approach for Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah.
The 20-year-old has averaged 3.1 interceptions-per-game in the German top-flight this term, the tenth-best record in the league and more than the likes of Boateng and fellow German international Mats Hummels.