Manchester City are set to swoop for Ajax right back Gregory van der Wiel after abandoning their attempt to lure Barcelona's Daniel Alves, according to reports in Spain.

Alves has been in talks with the La Liga leaders about extending his contract, which runs until 2012, and Spanish newspaper AS reports that a deal is close.

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Now City will have to battle AC Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid for Van der Wiel, who shot to prominence at the World Cup.

The 23-year-old, who has been at Ajax since he was eight. is contracted to the Amsterdam outfit until 2013 and is valued at ?15m.

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Source: Daily Mail