Joe Rodon of Wales reacts during an UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier
CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 13: Joe Rodon of Wales reacts during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Wales and Croatia at Cardiff City Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

If there is one spot that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had missed out in the last transfer window, it is that of a centre back. Vincent Kompany, who had attained cult status at the club, left after guiding the club to a Premier League victory and the manager decided not to replace him. However, a few months into the season, two of his players, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, got injured and that forced Fernandinho to play at the back.

This term City would certainly not commit the same mistake, with the club looking at Swansea City defender Joe Rodon. Manchester Evening News now says that the Swans are also looking to sell the 22-year old for a fee of around £20 million. The only obstacle for City is their traditional rival, Manchester United, a side that are also in contention to sign the Welsh man.

Who is Joe Rodon

Rodon joined Swansea City as a youth player and slowly graduated through the ranks to join the first team at the start of 2018-19 season. Since then, he has played a total of 45 league matches for the team, being the standout performer for his side this season. His performances for his side have caught the eye of the Welsh manager, and he made his international debut in 2019 and since then has been a regular for the team.

Rodon is a remarkably composed defender with a brilliant passing range, something that Guardiola would love about him. In this current inflated market, Rodon surely would be a brilliant acquisition for City, someone who could lead the defence of the club for years to come.

Pep Guardiola looks on
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MARCH 08: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on after during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on March 08, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The obstacle

Joe Rodon is friends with Daniel James as the two grew up together in the same academy and the latter eventually made a switch to Manchester United last summer. Moreover, the defender has Ryan Giggs as his national team manager, a United legend himself. It is no doubt that he would be more inclined to opt for the Red side of Manchester if these men have an impact on him. Manchester United have made a name for themselves in identifying talented British youngsters and grooming them into future superstars. Thus it is not a surprise to see United line up for him.

The advantage

Manchester United, still a side in transition, are trying to find their glory days back under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, while Manchester City are a well-oiled machine. Under Pep Guardiola, they have won two Premier League titles till now and with an able centre-back, they would bridge the gap with Liverpool in the race for the Premier League next season. This could be an attractive proposition to Rodon, who could have the taste of the biggest of the silverwares playing with Manchester City. Guardiola must ensure he makes a speedy move for the player before his neighbours can lay their hands on him.