Manchester City are eyeing up a versatile defender and have scouts set to watch him in action this week, according to a report.
Since securing the signing of young striker Julian Alvarez last month, the reigning Premier League champions have been linked with further moves for Argentine talents. Boca Juniors pair Exequiel Zeballos and Valentin Barco were named in connection earlier this month.
And now another youngster from the South American country is on City‘s radar, according to TNT Sports.
They claim that Nicolas Fernandez Mercau, a 22-year-old left-back, is being considered.
He plays for lowly side San Lorenzo, having broken into their first team after graduating from their academy.
Mercau has made 24 appearances in all competitions since his debut last year. In that time he has scored two goals.
That’s because he likes to get forward and is often deployed on the left of midfield, instead of in defence.
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He has even played in defensive midfield, such is his adaptability. And he is highly rated by the club.
Argentina’s reigning champions and Alvarez’s former side, River Plate, have expressed an interest in him.
One of Mercau’s goals came against them, but they were priced out of a move.
That’s something which wouldn’t be a problem for City, who are reported to be monitoring him when San Lorenzo travel to face Gimnasia on Thursday.
Left-back is a position which Pep Guardiola could do with strengthening. And the youngster looks a promising talent for the future.
City eye double raid
Meanwhile, City are eyeing a double raid on RB Leipzig for Josko Gvardiol and Christopher Nkunku, according to SportBild.
The report (via Sport Witness) claims the duo are both on City’s radar. Valued at €25m and €55m respectively, the double deal would cost City approximately £67m.
Gvardiol is a centre-back who was of serious interest to Leeds United when they returned to the Premier League. The Croatian chose the pathway Leipzig prepared for him though after leaving Dinamo Zagreb.
Originally a midfielder, Nkunku has moved into attacking territory in recent years, either as a winger or a…