Man City news – City eye Lisbon duo, Adebayor could force Spurs move, Mancini: Balotelli and Johnson can be greats,

Adebayor could force Spurs move.

Another day, another mooted loan destination for City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese striker is now prepared to force through a January move to Tottenham, according to The Mirror.

Adebayor spent much of his time at Arsenal openly courting a move to a big club on the continent before eventually moving to City for £25m in 2009. A series of bust-ups with City boss Roberto Mancini has seen him fall drastically down the pecking order at Eastlands and he is now expected to move on next month.

Juventus appeared the striker’s most likely destination last week but Tottenham are a fresh name on the scene and Adebayor does not appear to be deterred by the prospect of becoming an even bigger hate figure among fans of Tottenham’s North London neighbours Arsenal. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is keen on the Togo striker but will insist on City covering half of the striker’s £120,000 weekly salary to ensure he fits into the White Hart Lane wage structure.

Mancini: Balotelli and Johnson can be greats.

Roberto Mancini was full of praise for Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson after last night’s 3-0 Europa League win over Salzburg, reports The Press Association.

Balotelli scored a brace with Johnson adding the third twelve minutes from time to ensure City’s progression to the last 32 of the competition, but with lingering concerns over both players’ attitudes it is understandable that Mancini chose last night to tell them to keep working hard.

“They could become among the best players in the world, strong players,” he said. “They need to work hard all the time. They both scored fine goals but they must carry on.”

City eye Lisbon duo.

Manchester City are looking at two defenders currently plying their trade in Portuguese capital Lisbon with a view to January moves, according to Clubcall.

Much-coveted Benfica defender David Luiz heads City’s list, though they face competition from long-term admirers Chelsea and AC Milan. Luiz, 23, will cost around £25m.

A cheaper option would be Sporting Lisbon’s Daniel Carrico. The 22-year-old is contracted until 2013 and while City face competition for his signature – with Juventus and Atletico Madrid also monitoring the Portuguese U-21 international – a £12m offer should be enough to convince Sporting to sell and City’s ability to offer high wages may sway the player into a switch to Eastlands.

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