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Martin Demichelis linked with summer move to New York City FC

New York City FC are reportedly looking to sign Argentine defender Martin Demichelis from sister club Manchester City this summer, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com.

Demichelis is out of contract with the Premier League champions at the end of the current season and so he would be able to join up with NYCFC in July on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old has represented his country 44 times and was a part of Alejandro Sabella’s Argentina squad that finished the World Cup as runners-up last summer.

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He joined Manchester City 18 months ago and helped the club win the Premier League and League Cup in his debut campaign in England, despite struggling to adapt at first.

The former Bayern Munich, Malaga and Atletico Madrid centre-back is believed to be keen on extending his stay in Manchester for another 12 months but he has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal and so at this point it looks like he could be moving on.

Last month City manager Manuel Pellegrini said that he hoped Demichelis would sign a contract extension with the club but the club’s owners might be happier seeing the aging defender sign for another of their team’s in New York City FC.

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The MLS Expansion Franchise have invested heavily in the squad ahead of the debut season but have not got much depth, or quality in defence.

That was proved in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat against Brondby in Manchester and so bringing in a veteran like Demichelis to steady the ship at the midway point of the season could be a masterstroke.

NYCFC have one Designated Player slot available with David Villa and Frank Lampard filling the other two, and Demichelis would likely demand DP wages were he to make the switch.

If a deal is agreed Demichelis would join New York City FC at the same time as Frank Lampard, giving the MLS newcomers a major midseason boost.

Would Martin Demichelis be a good signing for New York City FC?

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