Blues are in desperate need of a new shot stopper.
Mega-rich Premier League outfit Manchester City have been told that Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero will cost them a whopping £20 million to buy when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports in the Metro.
City head coach Manuel Pellegrini has made the addition of a new top-class shot stopper an absolute priority for the turn of the year after the recent costly errors made by England international Joe Hart at Eastlands.
The experienced Chilean manager had initially been linked with moves for highly rated Glasgow Celtic No 1 Fraser Forster and Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera, however, in recent weeks it is understood that the Blues have been closely monitoring Malaga’s Argentinian custodian.
Pellegrini, of course, worked together with Caballero during his time in charge at La Rosaleda, although the 32-year-old appears to have taken his game on to another level altogether in this campaign.
However, City’s hopes of being able to lure Caballero to the north west in January now appear to have a hit a stumbling block after his club confirmed that any interested party in the player will first need to meet the buyout clause in his current contract at the club that currently runs until June 2017, and is reportedly worth a whopping £20m.
“We will not sell Willy Caballero,” said Malaga director general Vicente Casado.
“He will not leave unless someone pays his release clause and he is in agreement. At the moment we are focused on building the squad.”