Manchester City are planning to tempt Iker Casillas away from Real Madrid at the end of the season, reports Spanish daily AS.
The Citizens have found themselves without a firm number one this season with Joe Hart falling out of favour whilst Costel Pantilimon is failing to impress in his place.
Hart had made several mistakes against the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich before being dropped in favour of Pantillimon.
Although Pellegrini has continued to back Hart to rekindle his best form, speculation is mounting that the club are in the process of searching for reinforcements.
Casillas is in a similar situation to Hart at Real Madrid, having been dropped in favour of Diego Lopez.
The Spanish captain has yet to play a single minute in La Liga this season and, although not prepared to leave in January, is reportedly ready to call it a day at the end of the season should his situation fail to change.
Sensing the opportunity, Manuel Pellegrini has told officials at the club that he wants Casillas to be their number one priority should he decide to quit the Bernabeu.
Pellegrini worked with the goalkeeper during his short managerial spell at Real Madrid and is keen to add him to a growing Spanish contingent at the Etihad.
Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Javi Garcia and David Silva all currently ply their trade for the Citizens, thus increasing the appeal for Casillas to move to Eastlands.