The scout was reportedly sent out to these games to keep tabs on two left-backs and a young right-back. The first of these was Panathinaikos’ right-back Georgios Vagiannidis, who plays for the U19s side. The Greek defender has appeared four times in the league this season, scoring once. The thinking behind this signing would be more of a benefit to a club involved within the City Football Group portfolio, rather than Manchester City.
The attentions then turned to the Greek Super League, where a game between POAK and Olympiacos was on the agenda. The two full-backs in the focus of the City scout in this fixture was Olympiacos’ Konstantinos Tsimikas and PAOK’s Dimitrios Giannoulis.
Dimitrios Giannoulis has appeared in both Champions League and Europa league qualifiers this season, registering two assists. He also has four assists in his 12 appearances in the Super League. Konstantinos Tsimikas has been a mainstay in the Olympiacos side this season, contributing with two assists in his eight games.
The full-back area has been a struggle in recent years for Manchester City, with Benjamin Mendy picking up numerous knee injury’s and Kyle Walker going through a period of sketchy form on the opposite flank. There is no surprise City are looking to strengthen in that area, adding to that, Giannoulis has a release clause of just €8 million.
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