Roberto Mancini considering swoop for 20-year-old Brazilian star, who has been linked with Manchester United, while Napoli are also in the frame, but there are no bids on the table
The Brazilian has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Manchester United and Chelsea, but now City have appeared to enter the race to sign the talented 20-year-old.
Agent Cesar Bottega also stated Serie A side Napoli are in the running, so Roberto Mancini will face competition for the highly rated midfielder.
Bottega told notiziariosportivo.com: "I have spoken a few times with Manchester City.
"They have shown interest in the player and are now considering whether to enter into a negotiation or not.
"I am planning a trip to Europe in a fortnight, but if something were to change I'm ready to leave earlier."
As regards interest from Italy, he added: "Napoli have followed the player's performance in the Champions League, then I don't know if there were concrete contacts, I have not been contacted.
"Logically, they will first, in any case, contact the company."
City currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory over West Ham United last week as they hope to secure the final Champions League spot.