Manchester City have entered into ‘advanced talks’ over the capture of Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, according to sources at Sky Sports.
Recent reports suggest Mancini is in the market for another striker, with the Bosnian international topping his list. Funds for the deal could be supplied by the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz who are set to leave Eastlands this January.
City are prepared to pay 30million Euros (£25.6m) immediately for Dzeko along with a further 5m Euros (£4.3m) if the club qualify for the Champions League.
Mancini: Balotelli homesick.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has revealed that Italian forward Mario Balotelli is homesick but dismissed speculation that he would be returning to Italy.
Balotelli has endured a difficult start to his career at Eastlands. Glimpses of brilliance have been overshadowed by his immature and often self-destructive antics. However a hat-trick yesterday against Aston Villa was enough to raise a smile from the young Italian.
Mancini said: “Maybe he is homesick but I don’t think it’s a long-term problem. He is 20, has left his family for the first time – it’s normal to miss them.”
Balotelli added: “I am happy even if journalists say I want to leave.”
Robinho prevented Kaka move.
Robinho has today declared that he talked fellow Brazilian Kaka out of joining him at Manchester City two years ago, according to the Independant.
The club were reportedly at advanced stages in the pursuit of Kaka, having spoken to his representatives and having had a world-record fee of £91m accepted. However the move broke down before the Brazilian joined Real Madrid in the Summer of 2009.
“I told him what it was like to live in Manchester; that it is cold, it always rains and offers little,” the Milan player said.
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