Man City targeting Demichelis amid defensive injury crisis

With the amount of money Man City has spent on players in the last few years, it would be safe to assume that the club would be adequately prepared to handle any injury crisis.

But this doesn’t seem the case with The Citizens reduced down to having Joleon Lescott as their only fit centre half in the first team squad as Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic all out injured.

Whilst defensive midfielders such as Gareth Barry or Javi Garcia could deputise in the position for a couple of matches, Man City are resolving the situation the only way they know how – by signing another player.

It’s emerged that City are turning their attention to Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis even though the centre-back has only been at the Spanish side for a month.

Having signed on a free transfer in July from Malaga, Demichelis has barely had time to settle down in Madrid before once again facing another move to a different club.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini is going to have to pay around £4.5m for the Argentine international and is keen to try and strike a deal before Sunday’s match against City.

This could be a problem though as Pellegrini is not willing to pay a massive amount for the defender and has reportedly made a €3m offer for the player.

Demichelis is an obvious target for City as he had previously played for their new boss during the last two seasons where both were at La Liga side Malaga.

Despite not wanting to leave a club that he has only just joined, Demichelis is an experienced campaigner having played for the likes of Bayern Munich and River Plate before moving to Spain.

Alongside that, he has also been a regular member of the Argentina national team having earned 37 caps and scoring 2 goals since debuting back in 2005.

By essentially “panic buying” a player like Demichelis, it might send some alarm bells ringing at Man City who might need to change some of their transfer policies.

Rather than buying players in positions that they need each season, Man City have continued to focus solely on buying attacking players to put pressure on their opposition.

There’s no doubting that Man City will easily bring someone like Demichelis in to fill gaps at the back but the issue may force senior figures at the club to perhaps re-think their transfer strategy further down the line.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!