Man City in talks with Anderlecht for Spanish U21 defender Sergio Gomez after Marc Cucurella’s transfer snub


MANCHESTER CITY are closing on Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez after missing out on main target Marc Cucurella.

The Premier League champions are reportedly preparing a second offer for the Spain Under-21 left-back.

Etihad chief Pep Guardiola blinked first and lost in the race for Brighton’s Cucurella as Chelsea agreed to splash out £60million.

But more strength out wide remains his priority.

Manchester City are closing in on a deal to sign the Spanish left-back Sergio Gómez from Anderlecht.

City will pay a fee in excess of €10m (£8.5m) for the 21-year-old, who will provide cover and competition for João Cancelo after Oleksandr Zinchenko was allowed to join Arsenal for £30m. The details of the transfer are being discussed with the Belgian club, with the deal set to be finalised soon.

The initial plan was to loan Gómez to Girona, who are part of the City Football Group. But Pep Guardiola will consider keeping the attacking full-back at the Etihad Stadium after missing out on a deal for Marc Cucurella, who joined Chelsea last week in a deal rising to £62m.

Gómez began his career in Barcelona’s youth setup before he left La Masia for Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He spent two years back in Spain on loan at Huesca before signing for Anderlecht last summer. A breakthrough year under Vincent Kompany’s management ended with the Spain Under-21 international winning the club’s player of the year award.

So far Guardiola has ‘only’ brought in Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega as permanent recruits this summer.

And Gomez would be more of a signing for the future.

The 21-year-old had his breakthrough season last term following spells with Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona B.

And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has suggested City are on the brink of a deal worth around £8.45m.

Romano also claimed City initially wanted to loan Gomez straight out to LaLiga new boys Girona.

It follows plans to let Portuguese minnows Pacos de Ferreira borrow Etihad wing whizkid starlet Kayky.

The Brazilian, 19, joined City from home-country club Fluminense a year ago.

It’s understood clubs in Belgium and France were keen on Kayky.

But City preferred the Portuguese option.

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