Last Updated: Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:39
Manchester City could bolster their defence ahead of the new season with Napoli's Paolo Cannavaro or Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini is to step up his search for a central defender after becoming concerned at the number of goals his side were conceding in pre-season.
An ankle injury suffered by Matija Nastasic, which is set to keep him out for six weeks, has also increased the need to bring in defensive recruits.
The Chilean's number one target has been Real Madrid stopper Pepe but with the Spanish side reluctant to do a deal he has been forced to look elsewhere.
The Daily Mirror reports that Napoli skipper Cannavaro, brother of Italy's 2006 World Cup winning captain Fabio, has been offered to the Etihad Stadium outfit.
The paper also claims though that it is Schalke's Greek international Papadopoulos who is at the top of Pellegrini's wanted list.
The Bundesliga outfit are prepared to sell the highly-rated 21-year-old but only at the right price, meaning City owner Shiekh Mansour will have to dig deep into his pockets once more and take City's summer spending beyond £100million if they are to land the former Olympiakos youngster.
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