Reports in Germany state Augsburg left-back Philipp Max could be a shock target next month for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Pep could Max out on left-back

Pep could Max out on left-back

City scouts are believed to have been present last weekend to watch the 24-year-old in action against Freiburg and liked what they saw.

Max has 10 assists in 17 games this season - the most of any defender in Europe - and has also been watched by Chelsea and Manchester United.

Guardiola, however, is after a new left-back in January to cover the knee injury to Benjamin Mendy, who is not expected to return until late April.

The Etihad boss knows all about Max's fast-raiding qualities from his own time in charge at Bayern Munich, with Bild now suggesting a £20m offer could be in the offing.

Max won a silver medal with Germany at the 2016 Olympics and his impressive form this season could yet see him called up for next summer's World Cup squad.

Guardiola has also ran the rule over Espanyol's Aaron Martin, although the whispers in the Bundesliga are that Max's versatility could yet prove the deciding factor.