City prepare £17m ambidextrous Barcelona star bid - reports

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Manchester City are preparing a £17 million bid for Barcelona's Adriano to assist the club's defence, which Roberto Mancini says needs improvement.

The club may have the best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League, but in the Champions League, with six goals conceded in five games, including two in a crucial defeat to Napoli, the club's European ambitions hang by a thread.

It may be too late to save their Champions League campaign, but to prevent those problems suffered in Europe, seeping into their league performances, City are looking to Adriano to add some steel to their back-four.

The Brazilian could fill in on either full-back position and lend some stability to a position which Mancini has tended to regularly alter.

City are set to do all they can to bring in Adriano to prevent them suffering more defensive lapses.

With a transfer window on the horizon, City have as ever been linked with some of the Europe's biggest stars, with Edinson Cavani the latest player to be linked with a more to the Etihad Stadium.

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