Manchester City want Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam on a free next season


Manchester City are looking at bringing in Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam on a free when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to The Sun journalist Martin Blackburn.

The Algerian defender recently turned out against The Citizens in the UEFA Champions League, winning a penalty for Napoli in a 2-1 victory for the English Premier League club.

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France-born Algerian Faouzi Ghoulam is a youth product of Saint-Etienne, where he played 97 games before moving to Italy to join Napoli in 2014. He has become Napoli’s first-choice at left-back, winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in 2014, and was named in the UEFA Europa League squad of the season in 2014/15.

Pep Guardiola has prioritised the left-back spot after a long-term injury to new signing Benjamin Mendy.

While Fabian Delph has deputised admirably in the absence of the French defender, Manchester City will look to widen their options as they plan for the business end of the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

Although Faouzi Ghoulam is in the last year of his contract, this does not take anything away from the key role he holds with the Serie A leaders.

The 26-year-old has played all but three minutes of Napoli’s 2017/18 Serie A campaign thus far, starting nine games and adding two goals, as Gli Azzurri sit atop the league and undefeated with eight wins and one draw.



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