Manchester City are ready to go back in for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro according to the Manchester Evening News, quoting Gazzetta dello Sport. The ex-Porto man was heavily linked with a move to The Etihad in the summer, prior to the move to Juventus, and it was thought he could make a cheap move with his contract at Porto expiring in the summer of 2016.

However, he opted instead to move for Turin, although that seems to have not spelled the end of The Blues’ interest in Sandro. Both Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy are ageing and have their flaws, while Alex Sandro is one of Europe’s more highly-rated full-backs. The ability he has shown for i Bianconeri means he won’t come cheap, with City allegedly lining up a £30 million bid for the Brazilian.

The defence has been a constant stumbling block for Manchester City in recent seasons, especially since Roberto Mancini departed the club at the end of the 2012-13 season. This campaign has seen defensive struggles in the absence of Vincent Kompany; in league games with the Belgian skipper, The Blues have conceded just once this year, but without him that number is significantly higher.

Sandro performed well in the Champions League game between Juve and his potential suitors, Manchester City, towards the end of November, but has found starts difficult to come by in Italy. The 24-year-old has played seven games in Serie A so far, with just four of those being from kickoff. However, he did play the full game during Juventus’ 2-0 win at Lazio on Friday.