Manchester City are in talks over a role for Barcelona’s former director of youth Jose Ramon Alesanco, while also showing interest in Real Betis midfielder Benat.
The stylish Spain international, 25, is struggling to agree new terms on his contract at Betis and can leave for his buy-out clause of £16million.
The Premier League champions have already appointed former Barca staff Txiki Begiristain as director of football and Ferran Soriano as chief executive as they bid to put the club permanently at Europe’s top table.
With the Barca-blueprint seemingly the one to follow, City were forced to deny that Roberto Mancini’s job was under threat from Pep Guardiola, who is currently out of work.
Mancini, who signed a five-year contract in the summer to become the highest paid manager in the Premier League, is safe, according to club sources.
‘Roberto has won three trophies in two-and-a-half years and was given a new five-year contract in the summer, and that would not have happened if the powers that be thought they had the wrong manager,’ the source told ESPN earlier this month.
‘No, this is not about the manager, as some mischief-makers might assume. The possible recruitment of another former Barcelona man, that is just not what is going on here.’