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Etihad Stadium look to land new custodian.
Manchester City are weighing up a move for Brazilian goalkeeper Rafael Cabral, as manager Roberto Mancini looks to add competition for number one Joe Hart.
Santos ‘keeper Rafael is a rising star in South America, and City boss Mancini is rumoured to see him as a quality but cut-price back up for Hart.
According to Lancenet, Rafael is likely to be available for around £5million this January, given Santos’ poor performance in the Brazilian Serie A – ending their domestic season in 8th place.
Roberto Mancini has had a few run-ins with Joe Hart this season and has publicly admonished the England keeper on more than one occasion, this is despite the fact that the Man City keeper has helped the Etihad Stadium to once again retain their spot as the most dependable in the top tier.
Regardless of how generally consistent the 25 year old has been it is undoubted true to state that neither Romanian Costel Pantilimon and veteran Richard Wright are of the calibre that Mancini would want from a back-up custodian.
Rafael Cabral may be a very useful addition to challenge Hart for the first team spot. The 22 year old Santos man has helped his club to a trio of Sao Paulo State titles as well as a Copa Libertadores triumph and has a couple of senior Brazilian national team caps to his name.
The youngster could well help push Joe Hart to maintain his usual good form by being a genuine threat to the Man City number one’s slot.
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