Rami arrival may prompt Manchester City escape for Zapata

Manuel Pellegrini

The French international’s arrival at the San Siro could see the Colombian depart.

Cristian Zapata could be the subject of intense transfer interest from Premier League giants ManchesterCity come January, should the Colombian find his place in the AC Milan first-team taken by new arrival Adil Rami.

The Valencia defender is set to depart La Liga this January, with a loan move to the Rossoneri confirmed earlier this month.

Rami’s departure comes after the player was suspended by Los Che following a series of outspoken comments about the team’s manager Miroslav Djukic and the current playing staff during a recent radio interview.

The statements resulted in an immediate suspension, with Rami ultimately opting to move to AC Milan, where he will link up with compatriot and Les Bleus teammate Philippe Mexes.

This pre-existing partnership could see current centre back Cristian Zapata pushed out of the first-team picture, despite the Colombian making an impressive start to the campaign.

And should he become frustrated at such a development, then the 27-year-old could ultimately look elsewhere for first-team opportunities, with the Premier League one potentially lucrative destination for the international star.

If he does become available then Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini could soon move to sign a player who received rave reviews during his two-year spell with the Chilean’s former club Villarreal.

Pellegrini is believed to be eager to bring more defenders into the City squad amid concerns over the fitness and injury record of recent signing Martin Demichelis and the continuing issues surrounding Vincent Kompany.

While nothing is official as yet, Zapata will most likely favour a move away should he find his chances limited, with the 27-year-old eager to cement a place in the Colombia squad for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The defender is also likely to be tempted by the big wages City will be able to offer him, with a salary that will likely dwarf whatever he is on at AC Milan.

And with the Rossoneri demonstrating in recent years that no player is without a price tag, Zapata could be arriving on English shores sooner than you think.

image: © Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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