Man City had their finger on the trigger with Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell. Premier League champions had everything in place to sign the 22-year-old defender. The Spanish tactician was ready to go ahead with signing him, lining up a move in April as Benjamin Mendy’s continued fitness issues.
But Cityzens had to pull the plug when it came to light they wouldn’t be able to raise the necessary funds with a possible sale of Frenchman. World Cup winner has suffered eight significant injuries since arriving from Monaco on a deal worth £52m in 2017.
With the knowledge the 25-year-old defender wouldn’t command a big enough price with his injury record, Man City reportedly decided to press on and see whether his fitness levels improved this campaign.
The current champions also opted to re-sign Angelino, who started in the defeat to Liverpool last weekend, activating his buy-back clause after allowing the Spaniard to leave for the Dutch club in 2018. Angelino is typically the third-choice left-back, but both Mendy and Zinchenko are suffering from an injury.
Whether Pep Guardiola revisits Ben as an option in the summer given further injury issues, this campaign stays to be seen. Chilwell is a regular member of the Three Lions squad which is a big achievement for the defender.