Sunday, 7th August, 2011

Manchester City will bid to improve their defensive options before the transfer window slams shut by launching a raid for Uruguay star Sebastian Coates.

The 20-year-old was one of the stars of the recent 2011 Copa America, helping Uruguay to the title and earning the award for best young player at the tournament.

It was little surprise therefore that Coates impressed an array of watching scouts with his assured performances at the heart of La Celeste’s defence.

And City were amongst the most interested observers, with Roberto Mancini’s men soon coming to the conclusion that Coates is a potentially world-class centre back.

To this end the Citizens are ready to splash £10M on the youngster, prising him away from current club Nacional.

But City will not have a free run at Coates, with Premier League rivals Arsenal known to have noted the player’s progress, while Serie A duo Inter and Juventus are also monitoring the situation closely having expressed an interest in the Uruguayan.

Coates may feel ready to quit South American football and head to Europe, having picked up last season’s Uruguayan title with Nacional.

And should the promising defender do so, then City will be an attractive destination.

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