Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Set to Boost at the Back

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Set to Boost at the Back

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CITY will hold a board meeting in Abu Dhabi next week with the prospect of signing a new centre-back in January expected to be on the agenda.

Vincent Kompany's knee ligament injury has raised the likelihood of Pep Guardiola seeking funds to strengthen at the back in the New Year.

Chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak will be in attendance as the club's hierarchy assess the season so far and outline future plans.

Guardiola told his chairman in June that he wanted two new centre-backs in the summer - but only managed to secure the signing of Pounds 47.5m John Stones.

The City manager did not spend his full budget in his first transfer window, with Khaldoon prepared to back a move for Pounds 50m-rated Leonardo Bonucci or Aymeric Laporte at a cost of around Pounds 40m. …

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