Holger Badstuber will be leaving Bayern Munich in the summer, ending a 15-year association with the club after joining them as a 13-year-old.
The 28-year-old was regarded as one of the world’s top centre-backs during his prime years with Bayern prior to suffering an ACL tear midway through the 2012/13 season, an injury which forced him to miss 532 days of action and 124 games in total.
In that time, Bayern moved on from Badstuber who struggled to maintain his fitness and break back into the first-team, and a decision was made to send him on loan to Schalke for the second half of the season and then allow him to leave on a free transfer in the summer.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Pep Guardiola, who managed Badstuber while at Bayern, is eager to bring the 28-year-old to the Etihad in the summer when his contract expires.
City will be in the market for defensive reinforcements with Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala all set to leave the club at the end of the season.
“I know Holger is a top player, very nice guy, but when we are going to make a decision you will know it in the right place and the right time,” Guardiola is quoted as saying.
Throughout his Bayern tenure, Badstuber has cumulatively missed 1,098 days of action and 219 games through injury, most of which as a result of issues relating to his 2012 knee injury.