Pep Guardiola is ready to spend again in January to keep Manchester City on course for silverware on all fronts.
Guardiola’s Premier League leaders are unbeaten this season and made it 10 wins in a row with the 2-1 victory against Napoli on Tuesday.
But the Catalan fears his side could be left short at left-back, following Benjamin Mendy’s knee ligament injury.
And he still believes he needs reinforcements in attack – despite scoring 39 goals in 12 games this season.
City will go back in for Alexis Sanchez if they fear losing the Arsenal striker to one of their European rivals.
The Etihad hierarchy have been alerted by Arsene Wenger’s willingness to cash in when the transfer window opens in January, with Sanchez resisting all attempts to get him to sign a new long-term deal.
The 28-year-old is free to talk to teams abroad in the New Year, with Paris St Germain heavily linked with a move.
City will be prepared to pay in the region of £20m – £40m less than they bid in the summer.
But Guardiola’s priority is to find cover for Mendy, who will be out until April.
He had planned to sign another left back at the end of the season – but is now ready to bring those plans forward.
Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam is on City’s radar – as is Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Aaron Martin of Espanyol.
While City know they may have to pay an inflated fee for January targets, Guardiola has significant funds remaining from his £300m summer budget – including the £60m put aside for Sanchez.