Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis could be set for a summer move to sister club New York City FC, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.
Demichelis, 34, is out of contract in the summer, and is still to hear from the Blues about whether he is in their plans for next season.
The Argentina international would be more than willing to pen a 12-month extension at the Etihad Stadium but is keeping his options open at present, with a switch across the Atlantic being a potential alternative.
Gearing up for their inaugural MLS campaign, NYCFC are currently putting the final touches to their roster ahead of the March 6 kick-off, but it’s become more than clear during preseason that there remains a glaring hole at centre-back.
Demichelis’ potential summer arrival would add some much-needed experience to the expansion side’s backline and, with a Designated Player slot still left to fill, they could feasibly afford his prospective wages demands.
Having joined City from Atletico Madrid in September 2013 to reunite with former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini, the 44-times capped World Cup veteran has since gotten over a sluggish start to make 63 total appearances for the club, helping them win the Premier League title and League Cup in his debut campaign.
He has played a bigger role in the side this term than initially expected due to the struggles of summer signing Eliaquim Mangala and Vincent Kompany’s fitness issues, but his age could well leave the top-flight champions reluctant to commit to another season.
However, with Pellegrini himself stressing last month that he is keen to keep him in Manchester, it remains to be seen how things will develop over the coming months.