Premier League leaders Manchester City are considering a move for Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand in January, according to reports.
Bertrand, a 17-time capped English international, has developed into one of the Premier League’s finest defenders over recent seasons, since making his move from Chelsea permanent in 2015.
He was heavily linked with a departure from St. Mary’s this past summer, with all of Manchester City, Manchester United and even former club Chelsea touted as potential destinations for the talented stopper.
And, as per reports in England today, Pep Guardiola’s Citizens are now ready to reignite their interest in Bertrand, following news of the severity of the injury suffered by first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy.
Mendy, who arrived at the Etihad in a massive £52 million move this summer, made just 5 appearances across all competitions, before rupturing his cruciate ligament during a clash with Crystal Palace last month.
He is not expected to make a return to first-team duties until April of next year, with City, who sold Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov during the summer, now in desperate need of reinforcements on the left side of their defence.
The board at the Etihad are said to be huge admirers of the talents of Saints star Bertrand, who would arrive at the club with the added benefit of not being cup-tied for the Champions League.
However, as proven by their stance over Virgil Van Dijk this summer, Southampton will be no pushovers in negotiations for their talented full-back, and are likely to demand a hefty fee.
It remains to be seen whether Bertrand himself would even be interested in a move halfway through the season, with the 28-year-old no doubt desperate for regular football ahead of next year’s World Cup.