Skysports.com understands Manchester City have entered the race to sign Italian Matteo Ferrari.
Ferrari, who had a loan spell at Everton in the 2005/06 season, is a free agent after seeing out his contract at Roma.
Roma have not given up hope of agreeing a new deal with Ferrari although his Bosman status has alerted a number of clubs.
Milan and Juventus have both expressed an interest in the centre back as they look to bolster their backlines for next season.
However, City are now ready to enter the chase for the former Parma star as Mark Hughes looks to reshape his squad at Eastlands.
City are believed to be ready to send an entourage to Italy next week to hold talks with Ferrari's representatives about a possible return to England.