Last Updated: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:34
Valencia's Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves is being linked with a move to Manchester City as direct competition for Joe Hart.
City's new boss Manuel Pellegrini is busy scouring the market to bolster the squad at the Etihad Stadium this summer having replaced the sacked Roberto Mancini following the club's failure to win any silverware last term.
However, the Chilean tactician was not expected to focus on the goalkeeper department at City given that he has 26-year-old England international number one Hart on his books.
But it seems Pellegrini was aware of some lacklustre displays by Hart during the course of last season which even resulted in Mancini publicly criticising him.
And with Costel Pantilimon failing to really challenge Hart for the number one spot, Pellegrini is reportedly looking to snap up 27-year-old Alves from Spanish side Valencia during the transfer window.
Pellegrini knows all about Alves from his time as Malaga coach in La Liga and reports suggest he will offer £6million for his services in the hope Valencia sell given that the player will be out of contract in 12 months' time and available on a Bosman free transfer.
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