Who is Manchester City's secret centre-back signing?

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The Etihad outfit are lining up a big-money move for a mystery defender - Goal runs through some of the possible contenders to shore up Pep's defence

Goal understands that Manchester City are lining up a sensational swoop for a world-class centre-half this summer - but the proposed deal is shrouded in secrecy.

The Premier League outfit had been linked with Southampton's Virgil van Dijk before the Dutch defender apparently indicated his preference for a move to Liverpool, while Pep Guardiola is a long-time admirer of Juventus ace Leonardo Bonucci, once describing the Italian as one of his favourite players.

Man City's top secret CB signing

Man City are plotting a top secret bid for a world-class defender... who could it be?!

Posted by Goal.com on Thursday, 29 June 2017

However, the fact of the matter is that trusted sources close at the Etihad Stadium are refusing to give away any clues as to the identity of the mystery transfer target so as to avoid potentially scuppering what it is being described as a "complex" deal.

Above, though, we take a look at just who City might be considering signing to shore up their defence for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

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