Manuel Pellegrini’s side are expected to splash the cash in the summer in an attempt to strengthen their defense and have been linked to Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala for the past few months. It is also believed that the Citizens are after Porto’s defensive midfielder Fernando, and Bacary Sagna of Arsenal.
This would definitely mean that Demichelis would fall the pecking order at the Etihad, and the Argentine, who holds an Italian passport, might be interested in a move to the Serie A. Demichelis has made 27 appearances for City this season but despite his age and defensive frailties, Rafa Benitez has reportedly made him a priority signing in the coming summer.
Leading Serie A journalist David Amoyal confirmed Napoli’s interest in Mascherano:
@tc917 it’s possible- Napoli pursued him last summer and he is very close to Rafa
— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) March 23, 2014