Manchester City have been roundly criticised for defensive vulnerability this season.
Despite last summer’s massive investment in recruiting John Stones from Everton, City manager Pep Guardiola has struggled to find the right balance in his defence.
It is largely agreed that full-backs Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta are approaching the latter years of their top-flight careers. And Guardiola is reportedly keen to add freshness and energy to his back-line in the summer.
According to a report from The Mirror, the first target for the Catalan tactician will be Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose. The report suggested that the Etihad Stadium outfit are willing to pay about £50million to take him from White Hart Lane.
Tottenham, of course, would be expected to fight tooth and nail to retain Rose’s services with the former Leeds United youngster becoming an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Rose has not only been a vital cog Spurs’ fairly watertight defence in recent years, but also adds tremendous quality to the team when going forward. The 26-year-old Doncaster born player has also forced his way in the England set-up, making his international bow in 2016 and playing 12 times for his country in total. Rose would appear to have many of the qualities that Guardiola likes. But prising him away from north London might be an extremely difficult piece of business to do.