A breakdown in contract talks between Dani Alves and Barcelona has brought the Brazilian full-back one step closer to signing for Manchester City.
The Citizens have been coveting the former Sevilla player for quite some time now and the 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou as an agreement between himself and the Catalan giants looked increasingly unlikely over the past few weeks.
The Blaugrana were reluctant to meet the right-back’s demands of reportedly £200,000 per week and it is understood that Manchester City are one of the few clubs willing to meet the player’s expected salary.
Quoted in the News of the World, Alves said: “I don’t feel Barcelona have been doing their utmost to renew my contract,
“What I want is for them to value me depending on my importance and influence within the squad. If they do that, I’ll be over the moon. If not, thanks for these years at the club.”
Mourinho to Manchester?
Manchester City are hoping to lure Jose Mourinho away from Real Madrid and bring the Portuguese manager to Eastlands to replace Roberto Mancini.
The Italian’s future at City is apparently uncertain following their elimination from the Europa League at the hands of Dynamo Kiev and The Daily Mail reports that the Citizens hierarchy are hoping to bring The Special One to the City of Manchester Stadium by offering him a lucrative salary of £10million per year.
Mourinho will be allowed to leave the Spanish giants for free after two years of his contract and it has been reported that the former Inter manager’s ideal job would be to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but the City board will do everything they can to see that Mourinho returns to the Premier League as manager of the blue side of Manchester.
Kompany: Must bounce back.
Vincent Kompany has demanded his teammates shake off the disappointment of their recent defeat to Chelsea and win every game between now and the end of the season, Manchester Evening News has revealed.
Following the 2-0 defeat Manchester City were leapfrogged by Carlo Ancelotti’s side and now sit fourth in the league.
The Belgian defender insisted the Citizens are still a strong and dangerous team: “We are round third and fourth, so definitely want to make sure we can stay there and see afterwards what happens. We look at the schedule and think we have a good chance.
“My target is to win every game that is left. The teams around us are not guaranteed to get all the points so there is still something to do.
“It was never going to be straightforward to say we want to be champions and then become champions. The important thing is that we are improving and no-one can hold it against us if we do that.
“If we do that and then improve again next season we have done our job, and then one day we will be up there.”