Manchester City are the latest side to be linked with a move for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand this summer but signing him would be a huge mistake by Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to Goal, Manchester City are one of the clubs interested in signing the 31-year-old this summer, after it was revealed that he would be leaving St Mary’s at the end of the season when his contract expires.
The likes of Arsenal, Leicester City and Crystal Palace have also been linked with a move for the former Chelsea man, who has amassed 258 Premier League appearances in his career thus far, so he would certainly add a lot of experience at the Etihad.
Whilst he is also English, so would help City add to their homegrown quota, his performances this season suggest that he would be an emergency option at best in Guardiola’s side, whilst the fact that he will turn 32 this summer means he will be a short-term solution for the Spanish manager.
Bertrand, who is currently valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, has made 29 Premier League appearances so far this season and averaged a less than impressive 6.41 rating from WhoScored, which ranks him as the 16th-best performer in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
This immediately suggests that he is nowhere near good enough to play for City next season, who boast a number of better options at left-back including Oleksandr Zinchenko, Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake, with even the injury and error-prone Benjamin Mendy earning a higher average rating than Bertrand this season.
Whilst Bertrand would be a cheaper option than the Frenchman as a back-up option at left-back, he clearly isn’t as good as the former AS Monaco man, and would likely be at the Etihad for two years at most, meaning City would eventually have to bring in another left-back in the near future.
Therefore, it would arguably be a huge mistake from City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain to sign him this summer, and he should look for a better, more long-term option if Guardiola does want to add a new left-back to his squad.
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