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Manchester City Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Bacary Sagna and Dani Alves

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2017

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Bacary Sagna of Manchester City arrives at the stadium ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at Riverside Stadium on March 11, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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West Ham United are reportedly pondering a move for Manchester City full-back Bacary Sagna in the summer.

The veteran right-back's contract is due to expire at the end of the campaign, and according to James Benge of the Evening Standard, the Irons are considering taking advantage of the situation. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is said to see the France international as a "short-term solution for a problem position."

According to Benge, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has not offered a new contract to the 34-year-old, as he's keen to add youth to his ageing defence.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Slaven Bilic Manager / head coach of West Ham United and Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on
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Indeed, the full-back positions at the Etihad Stadium could do with some freshening up. At right-back, Pablo Zabaleta and Sagna are the only two natural options, while on the other flank, Guardiola has Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov to call on; at 31, Clichy is the youngest of that quartet.

Although he doesn't raid down the flank with the kind of endeavour he did in his Arsenal days, Sagna still possesses quality, as Sachin Nakrani of The Guardian noted earlier in the season:

Sachin Nakrani @SachinNakrani

Wonderful cross by Sagna. People seem to be crossing well again, which is interesting.

West Ham have been using Cheikhou Kouyate as a right-back as of late, with Sam Byram suffering with a succession of injuries and Alvaro Arbeloa struggling to make an impact. As such, it would make sense for the Irons to snap someone of Sagna's experience up.

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The Frenchman has made 14 appearances for City this season and has acquitted himself well in the main, picking up one assist. With regular football at somewhere like the London Stadium next season, he could still do a fine job at the highest level for a while yet.

City in for Dani Alves

PORTO, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 21: Dani Alves of Juventus looks on during a walk around of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between FC Porto and Juventus at Estadio do Dragao on February 21, 2017 in Porto, Portugal. (
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According to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Goal), Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to bring Juventus' Dani Alves to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

The City manager worked alongside Alves to great effect during a spell together at Barcelona, with Alves' blistering surges on the right flank a crucial part of their attacking plan. Guardiola is said to be keen to add the 33-year-old's experience to his squad.

Alves ended his memorable spell at Barcelona in the summer, moving to Turin for a new challenge with the Italian champions.

Here's a look at some of his standout moments so far:

In truth, positive moments have been rare for Alves since his move to Juventus. He's made 14 Serie A appearances, although he has not been able to offer the threat in the final third that made him such a big hit at the Camp Nou.

However, having recovered from injury problems and cemented his place in the team, there are signs that he's beginning to adapt to life under manager Massimiliano Allegri and his manager to him, per David Amoyal of ESPN FC:

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This is the best match I saw Dani Alves play at Juve, wonder if it has to do with playing in a much more advanced position

Of course, Alves is not the trailblazing right-back who thrived under Guardiola in Catalonia any more. His advancing years mean he has to be smarter when picking his forays forward, although his quality on the ball and winning mentality would be enough to make him an asset at the Etihad Stadium.

His arrival would need to be supplemented with another long-term acquisition at right-back, though. As aforementioned, City's back four has looked a little tired at times this term and needs a dash of dynamism before the start of the 2017-18 season.

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