City are already being linked with a move for Shakhtar's Fred this window and now, according to Gianluca di Marzio they are eyeing up the possibility of signing Athletic Bilbao centre back Aymeric Laporte for €65 million.
Guardiola is a long-time admirer of Laporte and could finally land the French-born defender in January.
Laporte, 23, has always been viewed as one of the best young centre-backs in Europe and could feasibly fit perfectly into Pep Guardiola's City side given he is "perhaps the model of the modern defender", per ESPN.co.uk's Nick Miller.More news: Manchester City 'quoted £23.5m for Jonny Evans'
City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has reportedly contacted the agents of Laporte and indicated that they are willing to meet the Frenchman's £57m buy-out clause at Athletic Bilbao; they are determined not to miss out on another target after Sanchez opted to join Manchester United and Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool.
Laporte has gone against Bilbao's transfer policy by becoming only the second non-Basque player to join them.
Guardiola is dissatisfied by Vincent Kompany, the club captain who is perennially injured, and Eliaquim Mangala, who has failed to convince Pep despite getting a decent amount of game time this season.More news: Recent Institutional Activity: Exelon Corporation (EXC), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL)
Pep Guardiola wants to add a central defender to his expensively assembled squad this month and the club have been interested in signing Jonny Evans from West Brom.
His ability to play at left back and the hesitation of some teams to pay big money part way through the season would make City favourites to sign him again. The former Manchester United defender could be available for just £3 million in the summer should West Brom get relegated, but with interest from Arsenal, City might just move for the veteran defender.More news: Resilient Man City delight Guardiola as Aguero restores order