As reported by The Daily Mirror, Pep Guardiola is hoping to land Bayern defender Holger Badstuber on a short-term loan deal this January.
With Manchester City’s defence not exactly looking watertight this season, Pep Guardiola would be sensible to seek defensive reinforcements in January.
The Mirror reckon that one option for the Spaniard is a 6 month loan deal move for German international Holger Badstuber.
The paper say Guardiola is seeking other targets after Southampton insisted they will not be selling Virgil van Dijk anytime soon.
Holger Badstuber must be one of the most talented defenders in Europe not getting a game for his club right now. The German has made only 3 appearances for Bayern this season. Further to that, he’s completed a 90 minutes only once, away to FC Rostov in the UEFA Champions League.
However, Guardiola of course knows the defender well, working with him when he was Bayern boss for three seasons.
The 6ft 3in defender was once a regular for the German giants but has struggled in recent years to make the centre-back position his own.
He’d provide adequate cover for City’s defence and could provide a competition to the likes of John Stones that could raise the standard of the Citizens’ backline.
The reported 6 month loan deal means this would be relatively risk free and it could be the kind of signing that proves to be a vital difference maker when positions are finalised in May.