Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spent three years at Bayern Munich, during which youngsters such as Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara became important parts of the first team. Now, Guardiola is interested in reuniting with one of his former starlets as according to ESPN FC, City have shown interest in signing fullback/midfielder Joshua Kimmich in the summer.
Under Guardiola last season, Kimmich broke into the first team, making 36 appearances in all competitions. This season under Carlo Ancelotti however, Kimmich has become a peripheral figure, receiving little playing time. So far, he has only started 10 out of 24 Bundesliga matches so far and the last time he played a full 90 minutes was in October.
Despite that, the club is said to still see a bright future for the young German and that if City want to buy him, they should expect to pay a “giant fee.” With captain and fellow midfielder/full back Philipp Lahm retiring at the end of the season many see Kimmich as his natural successor. Defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso has also confirmed his retirement and with the departure of the two veterans, there could be more playing time available for Kimmich next season.
The report says that Guardiola intends on signing two new full backs along with central defenders and midfielders and it mentions Kimmich’s teammate Juan Bernat as another defensive hybrid option.