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Manchester City to miss out on Argentine centre-back Diego Novaretti

Manchester City target Diego Novaretti is close to clinching a deal to sign for Lazio.

Manchester City were claimed to be very close to snapping up Diego Novaretti on a free transfer a couple of months ago, but that was before the departure of Roberto Mancini.

New manager Manuel Pellegrini is set to be officially installed imminently, and with a huge pot of cash to spend, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho already acquired.

Novaretti, seemingly given the cold shoulder by Manchester City, has pursued other options, and is claimed to be about to sign for Italian club Lazio.

Reports in Italy state that he is scheduled in for a medical with the Rome-based club today, where the centre-back will replace Modibo Diakite who has left for Sunderland.

Novaretti, 27, had seemed perhaps a little of an odd signing for City, based on his age and the fact he has so far yet to play in Europe in his career, recently playing his club football in Mexico.

On a free transfer he would have been a low-risk acquisition and a replacement for the departing Kolo Toure, and with an Italian passport there would have been no work permit issues to negotiate for the Argentine.

City fans shouldn't be too bothered about 'missing out' however, as it was a transfer they likely could have concluded if they really wanted to.

It does though leave a question as to who they will bring in at centre-back next season to replace Toure, or whether they will simply promote Dutch youngster Karim Rekik.

City fans are you fussed? Should Rekik be part of the first team squad?



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