Having bolstered their attack rather impressively by signing Erling Haaland, Manchester City now need to work on the rest of their squad.

The expected departures of both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling should pay for the Norwegian’s arrival, meaning Pep Guardiola should still have a fair amount of money left to play around with.

Despite already having Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Nathan Aké and Rúben Dias at centre-back, there is a feeling the area could have a bit more quality in depth to it, which is why we are seeing Manchester City linked with Matthijs de Ligt.

He is, of course, a rather expensive target, but that has never stopped the Premier League club, who are still desperately chasing that first Champions League trophy.

Haaland should help down one end of the pitch, and few would deny that De Ligt would be of aid on the other side, which is why there’s hope at Juventus that Manchester City could join Chelsea in a fight for the Dutchman.

That’s what Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting on Thursday, explaining the Serie A side are ‘confident’ the Cityzens will move for the centre-back.

The reason for that is that Pep Guardiola ‘has never hidden his admiration for the former Ajax captain’, and should someone like Nathan Aké leave, ‘there could be space to include De Ligt’.

Certainly something to keep an eye on.