According to reports in the Gazzeta dello Sport this morning Manchester City is showing interest in signing Marek Hamsik.
The Slovakian attacking midfielder, capped 43 times, won plaudits last season for his club Napoli, helping them to a Champions League slot. Hamsik started 36 games for the Neapolitans in 2010/11 scoring 11 goals and having six assists. The Slovak also impressed with 45 percent of his 66 goal attempts on target.
Hamsik who joined Napoli in 2007 for around €5 million is now valued close to €30 million. AC Milan have been showing interest in the player, but City could be ahead of the field with their financial power in the transfer market. With doubts over Carlos Tevez’s future and the current lack of consistent goals from other squad members, City may be tempted to pursue their interest in the midfielder.
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City are struggling to find a buyer for Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese international scored 8 goals on loan for Real Madrid last season in 22 appearances, and City have valued the 27 year old at £14 million. However, according to the Manchester Evening News, Madrid are only willing to pay around £5 million. City are unlikely to consider such an amount having paid £25 million to Arsenal for his signature.
The insistence to recover as much of the outlay as possible and Adebayor’s salary of circa £160,000 per week means that unless the forward is willing to take a pay cut, there is little scope for a sale at a time when City are looking to offload fringe players and reduce the wage bill to accommodate new signings.
City favourites for Sanchez.
Udinese have confirmed that City are favourites to land the 22 year old international, Alexis Sanchez, according to various media reports.
The Blues appear to have beaten off strong competition from Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus for the Chilean. Udinese club president Giampaolo Pozzo has stated that City’s financial power has put them in the driving seat after their representatives, led by Brian Marwood met the Italian club’s officials over the last few days to try and tie up the deal.
Udinese are looking to receive €45million for Sanchez’s signature having already turned down bids in the region of €30million.
Giampaolo Pozzo has a reputation for hard bargaining and his latest comments could be an attempt to start an auction amongst interested clubs. Any decision on Sanchez’s destination could may be delayed until after Udinese’s Champions League play off tie.
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