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Manchester City are ready to launch a bid for Jack Rodwell.
Roberto Mancini has been a big admirer of the Everton starlet since seeing him destroy his side in a crucial Premier League game in 2010.
Mancini was also impressed with the man-marking job that Rodwell did on David Silva when Everton visited the Etihad last season.
The Toffees value their young England midfielder at £20million, despite his recent injury problems.
City are looking to recruit young domestic players in a bid to comply with Premier League regulations, and want Rodwell and Swansea winger Scott Sinclair to bolster their squad.
City could face competition from Chelsea and Manchester United, though.
The champions also believe they are close to brokering a compromise deal that will see Emmanuel Adebayor leave for Tottenham at last.