Why? Manchester City targeting Strasbourg right-back Kenny Lala

According to Le10 Sport, Manchester City are monitoring Strasbourg right-back Kenny Lala with a view to a summer move, although Arsenal are also interested in signing the defender.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Citizens have been keeping a close eye on the 27-year-old, who has been in impressive form this season with four goals and ten assists in all competitions.

Pep Guardiola reportedly sees Lala as a potential back-up to first-choice Kyle Walker, and he shouldn’t cost the reigning Premier League champions a huge sum of cash either – Lala is expected to cost in the region of £13m.

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Lala is under contract with the Ligue 1 side until 2021, but with Danilo looking likely to join Inter, City will be in need of another right-back to keep Walker on his toes.

Deviating from the strategy?

Why are Manchester City targeting a 27-year-old to play second fiddle to Walker, who himself is a year older?

Guardiola’s side have been impressive in the market in recent years, signing young players such as Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Ederson and Oleksandr Zinchenko to form a spine that should help the club compete at the top for many years.

So, their decision to target a 27-year-old seems odd, in that respect. Guardiola should really be targeting a player roughly four or five years younger than Walker, who will be able to replace the former Tottenham man when his powers start to wane.

In addition to that fact, if they do sign Lala, City will probably need to replace the pair of him and Walker around the same time in a few years.

This is a strange deviation away from City’s usual strategy in the transfer market, and wouldn’t represent good or sustainable business for a club who always seem to take the right steps in terms of recruitment – no matter the bargain fee of just £13m.

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