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Roberto Mancini looks to make defensive switch.
Manchester City are targeting Newcastle’s Fabricio Coloccini as a possible replacement for Joleon Lescott.
The Blues are looking to bolster their defensive options this summer, leaving a question mark over the future of the England defender.
Lescott, who had the best season of his career when he helped Manchester City to the Premier League title and starred for England during Euro 2012, has just two-years left on his current deal.
Whilst Argentine centre back Fabricio Coloccini was in excellent form last term one wonders why Roberto Mancini would be ready to replace Joleon Lescott after the standout season the England man put in to help Man City to clinch their Premier League title.
Lescott successfully edged Kolo Toure out of the Man City starting eleven and formed a solid pairing with skipper Vincent Kompany and followed up his club form with a series of determined displays at the heart of Roy Hodgson’s back four alongside John Terry.
The 29 year old former Everton man was brought to the club by for a fee believed to be in the region of £22m, a fee that many questioned at the time, by former boss Mark Hughes and it clearly took the Birmingham born centre back time to win over Roberto Mancini.
Coloccini showed great loyalty by sticking with the Magpies as they were relegated to the Championship and is something of a cult hero with the St James’ Park faithful so a move to the Etihad Stadium seems unlikely, especially given the top five finish Alan Pardew led the North-East side to last term.