With Manchester City currently without captain, Vincent Kompany they are looking a little light in central defence and so manager Manuel Pellegrini has wasted no time in looking for backup and he has done so in the most familiar of places. Argentinian International, Martin Demichelis looks set to make the move to Manchester after working with Pellegrini at River Plate and Malaga. The tough centre half will be the latest addition to the group of Argentinians playing in the Premier league, and who knows there could be more before the end of the transfer window….
The 32-year-old looks set to complete the move once his current side, Atletico Madrid have found a replacement, with the player reportedly already agreeing terms with Manchester City. It is a strange turn of events, given that Demichelis only moved to Madrid a month ago following his departure from Malaga as a free agent. The £3.5 million deal being reported represents a pretty good piece of business for Atletico in such a short space of time.
Should the deal be confirmed before the end of the transfer window, Demichelis will become the 10th Argentine currently playing in England. Those already plying their trade are:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United)
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United)
Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion)
Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)
Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
Paolo Gazzaniga (Southampton)
Luciano Becchio (Norwich)
I didn’t include recent Southampton signing, Pablo Osvaldo because despite being born in Buenos Aires, plays for Italy.
Who knows before the close of the window this list might be longer. With Real Madrid finally signing Gareth Bale, there has been speculation that Angel Di Maria could be on his way out and there are more than a few teams in England who could fancy him.