The Daily Mail says Cudicini decided in the last transfer window that he was tired of playing second fiddle to Petr Cech and wanted to go elsewhere for regular games.
The 34-year-old is a proven top flight stopper and felt the time was right to emerge from the shadows of the big Czech. Leaving it too much longer may diminish his options elsewhere.
However, Jose Mourinho would not countenance a move and his successor may adopt a similar attitude.
If Avram Grant takes a different view because he has another senior goalkeeper in his ranks in Henrique Hilario, Manchester City would love to snap up Cudicini.