Transfer News: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is eyeing up a move for Gil Vicente defender Pecks.
The Cape Verde International, full name is Pericles Santos Pereira, has emerged as one of Pellegrini’s top targets when the January transfer window re-opens following positive reports from City scouts.
The 20 year old has also been linked with move to Newcastle and Tottenham but City are confident of securing a deal as they have a partnership with the Portuguese side.
According to the Daily Mirror, interested parties will have to pay £8m for the defender although again City hope their relationship with the club will lead to the player moving for less than that with a sum closer to £5 million believed to be enough to secure the player.
Despite the interest from Premier League Gil Vicente president Antonio Fiusa has revealed that the club are in no rush to cash in and any club that want the defender will have to meet the buy-out clause, saying: “The player has a contract until 2017 and we do not have to sell at an inferior price.”
The tough-tackling centre-back has drawn comparisons to City skipper Vincent Kompany and given the impact the Belgian international has made in Manchester the tall and powerful Pecks would be a welcome addition to the Man City squad.
Pellegrini is keen to shore up his defence and has earmarked Pecks after it emerged that Monaco and Chelsea were keen on highly rated Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.
The highly rated 22 year old was believed to be a deadline day target for City but in the end Porto decided against completing a deal and it was thought that Pellegrini would try and push through a deal when the window re-opened.
However a deal appears less likely now with big spending Monaco and Chelsea both ready to rival any bid.