Malaga braced for bid after City duo's trip

Last Updated: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:44

City assistant boss Ruben Cousillas was back in Malaga at the weekend amid speculation Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign Willy Caballero.

Cousillas and defender Martin Demichelis went back to the Spanish city during the international break, although it is not known if they met with representatives of Malaga or the Argentinian goalkeeper.

Caballero is understood to be Pellegrini's preference if City decide to increase the competition around Joe Hart for the number one shirt in January.

The Chilean coach signed the 32-year-old keeper from Elche in 2011 and he has become one of the most reliable performers between the posts in the Spanish league.

Malaga and the player are aware of the interest, which initially emerged in the summer, but Caballero does not want to upset the club where he has a buyout clause of 20million euros.

However, reports in the Malaga press claim the club could accept a fee in the region of 7-8million if Pellegrini decides to press the panic button over Hart's wobbly displays in the next transfer window.

Demichelis, who is nearing a return to fitness, is a friend of the goalkeeper and could be the key to persuading him to leave his post as Malaga number one to challenge Hart for the role at City.

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