Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is debating whether to launch a transfer bid for Valencia defender Adil Rami should he fail in his attempt to sign desirable target, Martin Demichelis.
With the deadline for the transfer window looming closer and closer, and Atletico Madrid proving a stubborn obstacle to overturn by refusing to budge from their £5m asking price for the 32-year-old Argentina defender, Pellegrini might be forced into looking elsewhere and Rami would fit the bill perfectly with Valencia willing to let the France international leave the club providing the price is right.
Rami, 27, is five years younger than Demichelis and as reported by The Express, could be available for as little as £7.75 million, something that is alerting Pellegrini.
Capped by France 25 times and with bags of experience under his belt at Lille and Valencia, it is believed that Rami is a very realistic and approachable target for City and Pellegrini who is in an eager rush to sort out his side's defensive frailties which were severely highlighted in the shock 3-2 defeat to Cardiff City at the weekend.
Although a move for Demichelis is not off the cards completely, Pellegrini might choose to act and snap up Rami before it's too late and the deadline passes, especially considering that captain Vincent Kompany and fellow defender Matija Nastasic are expected to remain sidelined through injury for the foreseeable future.
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