Pep Guardiola currently has Oleksandr Zinchenko, João Cancelo and Kyle Walker as the three fullbacks at his disposal at Manchester City.

The Portugal international, who featured as a right-back in City’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, started the last three fixtures as a left-back.

Recent reports in England have suggested the Premier League winners are interested in AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez since Zinchenko is the only recognised left-back at the club.

The 23-year-old has starred for the Serie A side in the last two seasons and his good run helped him make his debut for France earlier this month.

Calciomercato relay claims made in the British press and then provide their own information on this case.

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It’s said Guardiola is ‘crazy’ about the defender and has ‘followed Theo for at least two years, admiring his exponential growth from all points of view’. Despite that, the website adds there’s nothing more, presumably from Manchester City, than a ‘simple technical approval’ so far.

The Frenchman is happy at the San Siro and Milan, who are planning to triple his salary [currently earns €1.5m] by offering him a new contract, want to retain him for ‘many more years’.

According to Calciomercato, ‘only a truly indecent offer’ in excess of €65-70m would make Milan ‘falter’.