Manchester City target Mehdi Benatia?

Mehdi Benatia of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and AS Roma at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on December 1, 2013
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Manchester City are understood to be considering a summer move for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia.

Manchester City are reportedly considering a summer move for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia as their pursuit of Porto's Eliaquim Mangala looks to have faltered.

Mangala, 23, recently revealed that he would rather join Chelsea instead of a switch to the Etihad Stadium.

Issues over third-party ownership have also complicated any potential deal involving the Frenchman, so the Premier League champions are now focusing their attention on Benatia, according to Goal.com.

It is understood that Roma would want around £22m for the 27-year-old Moroccan international.

However, City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov could be used as a makeweight if a transfer goes through before the start of next season.

Eliaquim Mangala of FC Porto in action during the Emirates Cup match between Napoli and FC Porto at the Emirates Stadium on August 4, 2013
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