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5 centre-backs Manchester City should target in the near future

Pep Guardiola recently stated that he would need a centre-back in January to help cope with ongoing injury and suspension issues

Top 5 / Top 10 22 Nov 2017, 10:27 IST

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Pep Guardiola wants a centre-back

It was a combination of joy and horror for the Citizens as Pep Guardiola's men travelled away to King Power Stadium to elongate their winning streak to 10 games in the Premier League this season.

But, John Stones was forced to limp off the field due to a hamstring injury and the Manchester City manager confirmed that the Englishman will miss at least 1 month of action.

However, Vincent Kompany made his comeback against the Foxes on Saturday, while Nicholas Otamendi is expected to be restored in the squad against Huddersfield Town following his suspension.

When it comes to the fitness of both Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala, they are no less than rusty, and the recent injury to John Stones might just force Pep Guardiola to splash some money in the January transfer window to keep this staggering momentum going.

In this piece, we look at top 5 centre-backs Pep Guardiola should target in the January transfer window:

#5 Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)

Jose Gimenez to Manchester?

Jose Gimenez will be out of a contract next summer, as a result of which, the Urugyuan defender will be available for no more than £20 million in the January transfer window. Gimenez is behind Diego Godin, Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernandez in the pecking order and would naturally seek more game time.

Should an attractive offer from Manchester City arrive for the 22-year-old, Gimenez will seriously consider it, despite wanting to extend his stay at Wanda Metropolitano.

The former Danubio centre-back moved to Atletico Madrid in 2013. Since then, Gimenez has made 85 appearances for Diego Simeone's side, scoring 5 times in the process.

Convincing Gimenez to move to the Spanish capital was not a tough task, as he was following in the footsteps of Diego Godin, who was his idol, and national hero Diego Forlan.

Many teams including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly set to battle it out for Gimenez's signature, but Pep will try sneaking in to land this young defender who has proved his mettle in recent times.

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