Manchester City boss Pep Guardiiola is reportedly keen to sign Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich who is said to be unsettled in Bavaria.
The City coach knows that improving his defence has to be one of his priorities this summer, with City conceding 29 goals in 27 games, nine more than Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Coupled with the fact that the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna aren’t getting any younger and are expected to move on, the full-back positions will surely be the first port of call.
According to The Mirror, Guardiola wants at least two new full-backs this summer, while he also eyes a new central defender and midfielder in what looks likely to be a major revamp of the team.
The Spanish tactician is known to be a huge admirer of Kimmich who he lavished praise on during his time in charge at Bayern, and he’ll know first hand about the quality that the German international has as he essentially paved the way for him to earn his first cap for his country.
However, things haven’t gone as smoothly for Kimmich since Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival last summer, as the legendary coach has favoured other options leading to the right-back playing just 42 minutes in his last five games while completing a full 90 minutes just twice since October.
“It does not matter whether I understand it or not,” he said, as quoted by The Mirror. “The fact is I’m not satisfied with it and I want to change it.”
Given that Kimmich is ultimately seen as the heir to Philippe Lahm, it might be a question of digging in and biding his time as the German legend is set to retire this summer.
Nevertheless, he will be desperate for more playing time this season and if Bayern wish to fend off Guardiola, they may have to start changing their plans slightly.