Manchester City are keen to tie up a deal with their captain, Richard Dunne, who could leave in the summer by buying out the last 12 months of his current deal under FIFA rules which apply to players aged 28 and over.

Blues' chief executive Alistair Mackintosh is working hard behind the scenes to secure the club's top players for the long term, and pulled off a major coup earlier this month by getting Micah Richards to commit himself to the Blues until 2013, says the Manchester Evening News.

Dunne has never stated that he has any intention of leaving City, and all the indications are that he will soon follow Richards and sign a new improved contract which could almost double his £28,000 a week salary.