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Stephan Lichtsteiner and Juan Cuadrado tipped to join Manchester City

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Just days after being linked with a switch to Arsenal, Manchester City are reportedly in to sign Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and are also showing signs of snatching Juan Cuadrado off the hands of their noisy neighbours, United, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Stephan Lichtsteiner left his last club, Lazio, after reaching a century of appearances and a couple of weeks ago, he reached 100 games for Juventus, so with Manuel Pellegrini looking to pen the 30-year-old may seem a little more likely than first perceived.

A regular in the Swiss international squad with 70 appearances and 5 goals, the Juventus defender certainly has plenty of experience after featuring in the World Cup in the summer as well as featuring in a handful of Champions League fixtures.

With Bacary Sagna approaching the end of the line in terms of his career and Pablo Zabaleta showing signs of deteriorating consistent form, Pellegrini is determined to bring a new right-back to the Etihad but is willing to save the majority of his January on something bigger and better.

How about something like Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado who was a huge starlet for Colombia at the World Cup in the summer? Valued at his £35million buyout clause, Pellegrini will be more than willing to bring the 26-year-old to the blue side of Manchester rather than disappointingly watch him make the switch to City's rowdy rivals.

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Jesus Navas' abilities may be aesthetically pleasing but not always as productive as Manuel Pellegrini would wish for, so the Chilean is looking to bolster City's attacking department in terms of the right hand side of midfield.

Cuadrado's goalscoring record may not be something of great attraction with 17 goals in 77 appearance for Fiorentina, but with players like Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and David Silva, City don't need to worry about hitting the net and are instead looking for a little more productivity to cover the entire field which is an aspect that Navas doesn't seem to cover as thoroughly as you may expect.

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