Manchester City Line Up Real Madrid Transfer Raid

Spanish radio reporting Real Madrid ace on way to Etihad Stadium.

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Manchester City are to make a summer move for Real Madrid centre back Raul Albiol, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

The Spain international centre back has only started two league games this season, with a variety of factors contributing to his lack of game time.

One of those is the fractured cheekbone he suffered earlier this season, but another is the repositioning of fellow Spain international defender Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has moved Ramos inside to the middle of the back line, believing his increased athleticism makes him a better partner for Pepe, with Alvaro Arbeloa typically stepping into Ramos’ right back slot.

Albiol is still a talented centre back though, with the tall 26 year-old racking up plenty of experience for Valencia and Real Madrid over the past decade.

Cadena Ser claim Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has requested Albiol’s services personally, and he could prove a fine option for the Etihad Stadium outfit to have.

Should Man City fail to land their man, it has been suggested that Juventus will instead enter the bidding.

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