Should City turn to a United target to solve defensive woes?

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Manuel Pellegrini is weighing up a move for a central defender in the January transfer window, with Ezequiel Garay a potential option.

Manchester City’s away form has been a concern for the Premier League title hopefuls, with defeats to Sunderland, Aston Villa and Cardiff catching the headlines this term.

The Etihad Stadium side’s inconsistent form has been tied in with the absence of talismanic skipper Vincent Kompany, who is believed to be out of action for another couple of weeks.

With City looking frail without the giant Belgian, City are believed to be ready to splash out for a new defender in January to boost Pellegrini’s options.

The latest name to be linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium is Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay, with reports in the British tabloids suggesting that City are keeping tabs on the powerful centre-half.

Garay has been a reported target for City’s cross-town rivals United for some time now, with the Premier League champions linked with a move for the Argentine consistently over the last 12 months.

With United also potentially looking for a centre-half, there is every chance that the Manchester rivals could well go head-to-head for the former Real Madrid man’s signature come the new year.

For City, it needs to be weighed up whether they actually need a new defender. Any side in the Premier League is going to miss their captain or main central defender, and just because Kompany is injured doesn’t mean that City should splurge recklessly as a result.

Pellegrini currently has Martin Demichelis, Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic to select as Kompany’s partner when he returns – surely two of these three can play when the Belgian is not available?

Even if the Chilean boss does not have complete faith in these options, Micah Richards and Javi Garcia, who have both played centre-back for City in the past, are in the squad also.

Bringing in another centre-half would surely mean the end of the line for Lescott, while Demichelis has yet to thoroughly convince. But, at the end of the day, these are all international footballers, signed at great expense – surely Pellegrini can improve City’s collective defensive showings on the training paddock with what he has?

If City do decide that reinforcements are needed, Garay is as good an option as any. He has proven himself at Benfica, played plenty of Champions League football and represents his national side also.

However, with City looking to build momentum, another new foreign player that could take time to settle in may not be the answer.

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