Manchester City seem to be looking at ways to shore up their leaky defence in the January transfer window, with the agent of Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac confirming that The Blues are one of the clubs vying for the Schake full-back, although they’re likely to face stiff competition from Roma.

Kolasinac has been in and around Schalke’s first-team for a number of years now, but suffered a big setback with an ACL injury which kept him out for a large part of last season. He’s struggled to hold down a first-choice place this year, but has still made eight Bundesliga appearances as Schalke sit in eighth.

It would appear that the Bosnian international is being eyed up as a long-term left-back solution for Manchester City, with both Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy ageing and coming in for criticism at times this year. Kolasinac’s agent Gordon Stipic-Wipfler, quoted by the Daily Mail, said of his client: “I think Kolasinac will leave Schalke in January but do not know where he will go yet.

“Roma is a fantastic club and the fans wonderful, is one of the biggest clubs in Europe and then followed with attention the player also last summer.

“We must say there are also great Premier League clubs such as Manchester City who are watching. The player is doing very well in recent times and last week was elected man of the match in the encounter with Schalke in the Bundesliga.

“He would cost about €8m [£5.8m]. But I think it is possible that he could initially move on loan with a buy-out option.”

Manchester City have struggled massively when without captain Vincent Kompany this year, failing to keep a single league sheet whilst the Belgian has missed a large amount of the campaign through injury. Kolasinac could be one of a number of improvements which could be made as The Blues aim to secure their third league title in five years.