Reports emanated that the Spanish defender would love to move to the Bundesliga club after enjoying his six months loan deal there. With personal terms sorted, Red Bull Leipzig could finalise negotiations with the Premier League club over the course of the week.
It could be recalled that the Citizens had only signed Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres respectively while the former skipper, David Silva and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo left the club following the expiration of their contracts.
So, Angelino could be the third departure as the move seem to be closer. According to Kicker, the Spaniard’s return to RB Leipzig is ‘all but done’. It reported that the Bundesliga side could pay Manchester City around €20 million, which was below the valuation claimed to have been quoted to Barcelona last month.
Manchester City might not replace Angelino
It, however, remains unclear if City is entering the transfer market for Angelino’s replacement.
City had suffered in this department after the departure of Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov. Although they signed Benjamin Mendy, the Frenchman, unfortunately, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury that ruled him out of action for a long time.
Having returned to full fitness, Manchester City wouldn’t mind getting some cash through the sales of Angelino since Oleksandr Zinchenko can also play the position.
But their frailties have been exposed on many occasions via this position. One can say that Pep Guardiola is pulling a high risk in entering the new season with an injury-prone and out-of-form Benjamin Mendy while Zinchenko is not really defensively minded.
But looking at the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth, the Dutchman is capable of playing the left full-back role as highlighted during his time with the Netherlands squad this month.
This has made some to suggest that the option at Guardiola’s disposal will be enough to get the Blues through the campaign without fault.