Manchester City are ready to bid for Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol.

The Daily Mail says City are showing interest in Real Madrid defender Albiol.

The Spain international can play central defence and defensive midfield and Roberto Mancini wants quality cover for Kolo and Yaya Toure during the African Nations Cup.

The 26-year-old is surplus to requirements at Real and wants to play to have a chance of making his country's European Championship squad. City have a good relationship with the Spaniards.