Roberto Mancini wants to bring solid St James’ Park defender to boost numbers at the Etihad Stadium.
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Fabricio Coloccini ‘targeted by Manchester City for summer transfer’
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester City, as Roberto Mancini looks to add to his central defensive options.
Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott were among the standout players in City’s title-winning campaign, but Mancini believes it is an area he needs to strengthen.
He was interested in Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen, but the Belgium international looks set to join Spurs, and has also been linked with Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia.
The Citizens boss has now set his sights on Newcastle’s Coloccini.
Whilst there is no denying that Man City’s back-line is perhaps one of the best in Europe perhaps Roberto Mancini feels his side lack’s effective strength in depth, hence their interest in bringing in another Argentine to beef up numbers.
The Etihad Stadium side have finished the last two seasons as the most reliable, no side has conceded less goals than Man City in either campaign, but Roberto Mancini may feel that whilst Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott are a solid pairing there is also the suggestion that Kolo Toure is not the player he was prior to his spell out following his drugs ban. Similarly there are question marks over youngster Stefan Savic, who looked out of his depth when called upon last term.
It could prove very tough to persuade Coloccini to leave St James’ Park, the determined defender stuck by the Magpies even when they were relegated and the 30 year old is thought of as a cult hero at Newcastle United and given that Alan Pardew’s side just completed an excellent campaign that almost secured a Champions League spot, there seems very little reason the former Deportivo La Coruna would leave now if he didn’t leave when the club was relegated.
Also whilst he could clearly boost his salary by joining Man City he would also probably struggle to break the Kompany/Lescott stranglehold, not least because he is older than both of Mancini’s first choice centre backs.