Throughout Pep Guardiola's six years at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City have never really had a settled left-back. And it's proving a problem yet again, with the Premier League champions allowing Oleksandr Zinchenko to join Arsenal in the summer without, so far, being unable to find a replacement.
Marc Cucurella was identified as the top target but City never came close to matching Brighton's valuation of the former Barcelona defender and Chelsea snapped him up for a staggering £62 million ($75m).
It's been more than five years since City last bought a left-back in Benjamin Mendy, who has been the least successful signing of the Guardiola era.
The creative Catalan has managed to get by in the interim, successfully redeploying midfielders such as Zinchenko and Fabian Delph as left-backs, or moving across centre-backs to fill the void.
However, with just three weeks of the transfer window remaining, City are once again looking for a viable long-term solution to their one problem position...