Manchester City are eyeing a potential January bid for Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero, according to sources quoted by Spanish newspaper Marca.
32-year-old Caballero, who joined Los Boquerones from Elche in 2011, was reportedly subject to interest from the Premier League title hopefuls during the latter stages of the summer and it looks as if they could be poised to resume their chase for the Argentine when the transfer market re-opens for business in the new year.
According to Marca, experienced City boss Manuel Pellegrini held talks with Caballero in June about a possible move to the Etihad Stadium that ultimately failed to materialise.
The newspaper also believes that the talented stopper is one of Malaga's highest-paid players and speculates that City are unlikely to want to part with the €20 million that would be required to trigger Caballero's release clause.
Given the continued struggles of England international Joe Hart, it is hardly surprising to see City linked with such a deal for an experienced goalkeeper.
With the former Shrewsbury Town man seemingly suffering from a crisis of confidence and only the unfancied figure of Costel Pantilimon currently in reserve, Caballero could provide an adequate alternative as Pellegrini seeks to challenge for both domestic and European silverware.