Big defender could be heading to Eastlands this summer.
Manchester City are preparing a big-money move to sign up-and-coming Schalke 04 centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos at the end of the season, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The 20-year-old defender has been with the Bundesliga giants for three years after arriving in Germany from Olympiacos, and during that time the Greece international has built up a reputation as being one of the Continent’s most promising young centre halves.
European heavyweights AC Milan, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all sent scouts to watch Papadopoulos in action this term but the Premier League champions have stolen a march of their rivals by agreeing to meet the player’s reported £17 million buy-out clause in his contract that runs until the summer of 2016.
Papadopoulos, who has been capped 16 times by his country since making his international debut two years ago, scoring four goals in that time, is currently out of action after having a knee operation last November, although that is not expected to prevent City from signing the player this summer.