Chilean wants to add more strength to his back line next year.
New Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini is set to be rewarded for helping to guide the Blues into the knockout rounds of the Uefa Champions League for the very first time in the north-west club’s history by being handed a massive transfer war chest when the winter transfer window finally opens again for business in the new year, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The experienced Chilean manager has already informed his bosses at Eastlands that the mega-rich Premier League club are still in need of more cover at the back going forward, especially given the ongoing injury concerns surrounding skipper Vincent Kompany.
And as a result, it is understood that City are now keeping close tabs on FC Porto’s highly rated central defensive pair of Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi, with a view to making a move for one of the players at the turn of the year.
Pellegrini actually tried to sign the France international during the recent summer transfer window, only for the club to then refuse to meet the Portuguese champions’ whopping £34 million asking price for Mangala.
Meanwhile, experienced Argentina international Otamendi, 25, is himself said to be valued at a staggering £25m by the Portuguese giants.