Man City are leading Liverpool in the race to sign Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, according to reports.
The Reds are believed to be interested in signing the Brazilian centre-half as a replacement for Dejan Lovren, who joined Zenit Saint Petersburg for £10.9m on Monday.
Lovren’s exit leaves Jurgen Klopp with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who was plagued by injury last season, as his only centre-half options.
Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola looks set to strengthen his backline this summer as the club had a £41million bid for Nathan Ake accepted by Bournemouth on Thursday.
Spanish outlet AS claim City are going for Carlos also, however, and that they still have ‘enough money’ to buy him.
The 27-year-old has a £68m (€75m) release clause, but it appears Sevilla are prepared to sell their star defender for a lower fee of around £54m.
Carlos missed just three LaLiga games as Sevilla secured Champions League football for next season with a fourth-placed finish.
City will be looking to win back the Premier League title next season after Liverpool dominated the 2019/20 campaign.
The Reds finished 18 points ahead of Guardiola’s men on a club-record 99 points as Jordan Henderson lifted a first top-flight title at Anfield in 30 years.
City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain admits it is going to be a ‘strange’ transfer window due to the club’s involvement in the Champions League.
City lead Real Madrid 2-1 heading into their round-of-16 second leg clash at the Etihad on August 7.
Begiristain told the club’s official website: “We are working a lot, we have to be ready.
“It will be a strange window because people have to move fast, we have to bring players who can improve our squad but also it means that maybe someone can leave.
“It will be strange also because we have the Champions League so we have to wait to move forward until the Champions League is finished.
“We might have less time than ever but we’ll have time to make the changes we need to improve the squad.”