According to The Daily Mail, Manchester City are moving closer to securing the signature of Inter Milan’s 33-year-old Columbian defender, Ivan Cordoba.
Cordoba, who has been at Inter for over a decade, has recently fallen out with manager Jose Mourinho and is thought to be keen on a reunion with his former boss Roberto Mancini. Primarily a centre-back, he is also adept in the right-back position and has even filled in at left-back at times. Known for his pace, marking ability and aggression, Cordoba has been amongst the top performers in Serie A for a number of years and has amassed over 350 appearances for Inter Milan; he is under contract at the San Siro until 2012.
Mancini is facing something of a defensive crisis at Eastlands despite the two clean sheets under him. Kolo Toure has departed for the African Nations Cup and Nedum Onouha, Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge are all injured leaving the Italian short of cover in defence. Cordoba is seen as a good option as he is versatile and would add experience to the City back-line.
Last week Mancini suggested that Cordoba was ‘tied to Inter’ but this does not appear to have put City off a proposed move for the Columbian. Cordoba has fallen behind the likes of Lucio, Cristian Chivu and Walter Samuel in the Inter pecking order and despite interest from a number of clubs he would like to join City for a chance to play in the Premier League under Mancini.
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