According to reports in The Independent, some City’s players patience with Carlos Tevez is running out. Whilst there is no doubt in the dressing room as to the role of the Argentinean last season, there is apparent disquiet about his attitude to the club, especially in his position as captain.
As well as the ongoing saga of will he/won’t he stay, Tevez is reported to have intimated he has direct access to Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan which led to a salary offer of £250,000 per week that he turned down.
Tevez’s manner is damaging his standing within the club, with three senior players said to have approached Roberto Mancini regarding the striker’s suitability to continue as captain, if he returns next season. Vincent Kompany, the club’s player of the season would perhaps be the most obvious candidate to take over the role.
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Boateng Bayern latest.
City’s 22-year-old defender, Jerome Boateng could be set for a return to Germany, with European giants Bayern Munich his main option, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The former Hamburg defender has struggled in his first season at City, making only 24 appearances through a mixture of form and injury – missing the last two months of the season with a knee injury.
Bayern could be prepared to match the fee paid to Hamburg last July, believed to be in the region of £11million, though City would wish to recoup significantly more. Bayern chief executive Karl Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the club’s determination to sign Boateng as they look to continue rebuilding, having already signed Manuel Neuer, Rafinha and Nils Petersen this summer.
Sanchez targeted by Barcelona.
The Chilean and Udinese star Alexis Sanchez had been linked with a move to City during the January transfer window, and for this Summer too, however according to ESPN, Barcelona are now favourites for his signature.
The 22-year-old winger shone at last year’s World Cup and his 12 Serie A goals in 31 appearances for the North-Eastern Italian team helped propel them to a Champions League spot.
City had been one of the front runners for his signature, however Udinese’s president Franco Soldati confirms that whilst Manchester City [and United] had been following Sanchez for some time, Barcelona were now in pole position. The deal could see forwards Bojan Krkic and Jeffren moving in the opposite direction.
There has been speculation that one of the reasons for City not moving for the Chilean ace is the uncertainty over the future of Carlos Tevez. Until this is resolved no clear plans can be made for potential targets.