Etihad Stadium ready to invest in new defender to cover for likely loss of captain Vincent Kompany.
If there is one club in the Premier League extravagant enough to consider buying a player simply because another is set for a suspension, then that club is clearly Manchester City.
The Daily Mirror claims that Roberto Mancini has drawn up a centre-back wish-list to cope with the potential loss of skipper Vincent Kompany following the red card he was handed, perhaps mistakenly, against Arsenal.
This is despite the fact that even without Kolo Toure, who is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty, the Italian can call up Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic as a very effective stating central defensive partnership and failing that could also use Pablo Zabaleta in a position he has plied his trade in before.
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Not one to miss an opportunity to spend, has earmarked a possible move for either of Borussia Dortmund centre-back pair Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels.
This source also believes that Mancini may opt to finally push on with a move to bring in Daniele De Rossi from Roma, the midfielder also being able to play at the back.
Man City are also said to be tracking Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, despite the fact that the England man only signed a new five and a half year Potters contract last week.