Manchester City correspondent for The Athletic, Sam Lee has offered insight into supposed interest from the Etihad Stadium in Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich.
The Premier League champions are highly likely to reassess their midfield options in the summer transfer window, with departures expected from their current roster of players operating in the positions crucial to Pep Guardiola’s system.
Kalvin Phillips has made his first steps towards a permanent exit from the club by joining West Ham United on loan until the end of the season, while there is some concern that Bernardo Silva could reignite his desire to leave with a release clause now in his contract.
With Manchester City likely to require both another defensive and attacking midfielder in the coming summer months, one option they have turned some level of attention towards is Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich – whom Pep Guardiola certainly knows well.
In fact, such is the interest from the Etihad Stadium in the player that there had been talk of a move for the German star in the recent January market – a rumour that never came to fruition. Nevertheless, a new report has offered insight into the situation.
According to the information of The Athletic’s Sam Lee, sources at Manchester City played down the idea of a move for Joshua Kimmich in the January transfer window. However, it is stated that a summer move is ‘a different matter’.
When compared to another potential target in City Group talent Savio, a deal for Kimmich is seen as a ‘difficult operation’ according to The Athletic. However, it is made clear that the 28-year-old Germany international is certainly an option that Manchester City are exploring.
Speaking back in 2019, Joshua Kimmich was hugely complimentary of his former manager and how he helped develop his game and progress him through Bayern Munich’s ranks during the Catalan’s time in Germany.
“I know (Pep Guardiola) and have a lot to thank him for,” Kimmich explained at the time. “He took me from the second division and let me play in the Bundesliga. We won the double together and after that season I became a player for Germany.”
Manchester City have a tendency to stay away from players of Pep Guardiola’s former clubs, but have often broken their internal rule on certain occassions, most notably their chase of Lionel Messi prior to his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
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