Rosario Central boss admits he will speak to Man City to try and complete Demechelis deal in January

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Martín Demichelis may still be part of Gerardo Martino’s Argentina squad but he has found himself pushed down the pecking order at Manchester City since the arrival of his fellow countryman, Nicolás Otamendi and Argentine Primera runners-up Rosario Central hope to take advantage in the January transfer window.

Demechelis will have just six months left on his current deal in Manchester and at 34 years of age and fourth choice centre-back, a move away from the Etihad looks probable. Central manager, Eduardo Coudet knows Demichelis well from when they were teammates at River Plate from 2000 to 2002 and with a Copa Libertadores campaign ahead in 2016, Chacho would be keen to add some experience to his backline.

Coudet told radio show América & Closs: “Demichelis is my friend, I am not going to discover what he can give as a player. If it were me, I will take a plane to Manchester and see.”

The 41-year-old candidate for manager of the year admitted however that his priority is keeping his current squad together. “The only condition that I have is to keep the squad. If there is a spectacular offer for someone, we sit and talk. I did not try and stop the sale of (Franco) Cervi, who will go in June.”

The sale of young Franco Cervi has already been completed and Central received good money from Benfica but after such a successful season there are plenty of other potential targets. Central defensive pairing, Alejandro Donatti and Javier Pinola are both gaining admirers both domestically and abroad and although Coudet would be loathed to lose either, the arrival of Demichelis would certainly soften the blow.

Whether Demichelis would be open to the move is another matter. The 43-year-old may want to see out his contract with City given that he could still lift the Premier League or Champions League titles and if he was to return to Argentina the assumption was that it would certainly be to River Plate.

When linked in the summer with a return to the club he progressed through the youth ranks with Demichelis said: “There is the possibility of a return. In Buenos Aires I live three blocks away from the Monumental, I owe everything to the club and hopefully I can give a little back. If I return, I would be the happiest guy in the world because I am a fan.”

With time left on his contract a deal in January looks unlikely but the return of Demichelis to Argentina seems inevitable in the not too distant future.

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