Carlos Tevez repeated his wish to leave City in an interview with The Daily Mail, saying, “It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club. I would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its supporters and the owner, Sheik Mansoor, who has been nothing other than respectful to me,”.
As in January, Tevez states family reasons for his request. The striker then said, “Being captain of Manchester City, qualifying for the Champions League, winning the FA Cup and finishing as top-scorer last season has made me very proud“, adding he hoped City fans would accept his decision and that he believed City would achieve great success.
However with a price of £45 million, interest in Tevez has faded, and with Inter uninterested in a swap deal for Samuel Eto’o, Tevez may still be at City next season.
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City sign Clichy.
Blues manager, Roberto Mancini completed his first signing of the summer with the anticipated capture of left back Gael Clichy for a fee reported to be around £7 million. Clichy penned a four year contract after completing a medical, becoming the latest Arsenal “old boy” to arrive at Eastlands. The transfer and the rumours of a similar move for Samir Nasri may be indicative of the current status of the two clubs.
Left back has been a weak link for The Blues with Wayne Bridge, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksander Kolarov all filling the position. Mancini will hope the signing of the 25 year old Frenchman will be the final piece in City’s defensive jigsaw. Clichy is a proven Premier League performer, being the regular Arsenal starter since Ashley Cole left for Chelsea in 2006.
City had been linked with Leighton Baines and Jose Enrique but Clichy at a relatively low cost may represent a sound investment.
Rovers in for Onuoha.
Blackburn Rovers are likely to step up their pursuit of Nedum Onuoha reports The Sun, who has been told he can leave Eastlands for a fee of £6 million. The 24 year old, who primarily plays at centre back but can cover both full back positions, has over a 120 Premier League games to his name.
Rovers will be keen to strengthen their squad defensively having lost Phil Jones this summer to City rivals Manchester United, and with persistent rumours linking centre back, Christopher Samba with a move away from Ewood Park.
City may be willing to sell Onuoha who has made few appearances for the Blues since dislocating his shoulder against Chelsea in April 2008, spending all of last season on loan at Sunderland who may well offer Rovers competition for the defenders signature.
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