Last Updated: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:38
Manuel Pellegrini wants either Atletico Madrid's Martin Demichelis or Valencia's Adil Rami to bolster Manchester City's defence.
The City chief is desperate to bring in reinforcements to his backline before next Monday evening's transfer deadline following Vincent Kompany's groin injury which will rule him out for a month while Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic were already sidelined.
Sunday's shock 3-2 defeat at Premier League new-boys Cardiff highlighted the need to improve the City defence and Pellegrini reportedly has a couple of irons in the fire in Spain.
It is thought a move for 32-year-old Demichelis is his first choice given that he had the Argentinian stopper at Malaga last season before he moved to Atletico on a free transfer when his contract expired on June 30.
The main obstacle to that deal is Atletico are demanding £4million for a player they picked up for nothing just a month ago, while City are looking to pay £2million and will hand the player a two-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
If no agreement can be reached then Pellegrini will reportedly move for 27-year-old France international, Rami, as an alternative.
Valencia will want around £7million for his signature given that he is a first-team regular, but as he would have an extra five years to Demichelis then City could be willing to pay that much.
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