Pep Guardiola will turn to Bayern Munich defender Bernat in a bid to improve his options at full-back.
Bernat, who played under Guardiola at the Allianz Arena, primarily plays left-back for the defending Bundesliga champions but faces stiff competition in the shape of David Alaba.
The Spanish international – who can play both left-back and on the left side of midfield – is liked because of his versatility.
An Etihad insider said: “Gael Clichy is out of contract next summer and Aleksandar Kolarov is 31 next month.
“They are slowly coming towards the end of their careers at City and Pep is looking at the future.
“He also knows Pep’s methods and systems. He fits the right age profile and is another Spain international.”
Man City are reportedly preparing a £20m offer.
Bernat joined Bayern in 2014 from Valencia for around £8m after coming through their academy.
He has played 49 times and scored one goal for the German giants, and has made seven appearances for the club
Guardiola is also looking at Bayern full-back Alaba over a potential £40m deal.