Pep Guardiola edging closer to crucial £60m Man City signing in January

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As if they couldn’t get any stronger, Man City are reportedly set to raid Southampton with a £60m bid for Virgil van Dijk next month.

City have been in fine form so far this season, winning 18 of their 19 Premier League games to open up a 13-point lead over their nearest title rivals Man Utd.

They remain on course to lift other trophies too with the League Cup semi-finals, FA Cup and Champions League still on their agenda, and if that wasn’t enough it looks as though Pep Guardiola could be about to solidify their position as the best team in England with a key signing.

If there is one area of the Man City squad that perhaps raises a slight question mark, it would be their defence.

Vincent Kompany’s injury record doesn’t offer much confidence that he can be a reliable figure at the back moving forward, while John Stones has been sidelined with his own issue this season.

Further, Benjamin Mendy’s long-term absence would have been a real loss, albeit none of the above have adversely affected City’s form so far this year.

Nevertheless, if there was a possible weak point in their current squad it has to be the defence, but that may not be the case for much longer with The Telegraph reporting that Guardiola could land Van Dijk in a £60m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.

Chelsea and Liverpool are also keen on the Dutchman, as per the report, while the 26-year-old will have a decision to make as it’s suggested in the report that he could be third choice at the Etihad behind Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

While his form and application in training could change that very quickly, it’s still a factor in his decision if he wishes to be an outright starter and a fundamental piece in a team, like he would arguably be at Liverpool in particular.

Nevertheless, there’s no denying that he would make Man City a more formidable side with his physical presence and defensively solidity along with his ability to play out from the back. In turn, should he seal a move to Manchester, it could be another masterstroke splash in the transfer market from Guardiola to take his side closer to landing major trophies.

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