Guardiola plans to replace Kompany with Juventus star


Guardiola plans to replace Kompany with Juventus star

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Manchester City could snap up Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini in bid to replace injury-prone Vincent Kompany, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Guardiola has complained about a lack of depth at the back this season following the injuries of Komapny and John Stones and sees Chiellini, 33, as the ideal solution to the problem. According to the Uk publication, however, the deal will only happen if the Citizens fail to secure their main winter transfer target – Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.

Umtiti has a release clause of €60 million but Guardiola could end splashing around £50 million to get him. It is understood Barcelona want to keep the French defender and are working to extend his contract.

Chiellini could cost the Citizens much less – in fact almost half than that – as only agent and player signing fees would be involved. His contract with Juventus runs out at the end of the season.

There has been no official comment from the player or club regarding such a move, but it is understood Juventus want to keep their long-serving defender.

Given his age and the slower pace of Serie A, Chiellini would likely accept any new offers coming from the Old Lady, but the option of gracing the Premier League for the first time in his career might hold some appeal for him.

By securing the depth in defence, Guardiola is looking to put the final stroke on an already impressive title challenge this season. The Citizens currently top the Premier League with a 15-point lead to second Manchester United.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20