Man City news – Maicon for Tevez, Johnson wants to stay, Cantona: Academy more important

Maicon for Tevez.

Inter are preparing to swoop for Carlos Tevez but will only offer them Maicon in a straight swap deal, the Mail Online report.

However, the Sky Blues will not entertain such a proposition as they value the Brazilian at merely £15m, a figure that represents under a third of their own valuation of Tevez of £50m.

Tevez is currently taking a break after the Copa America and is not expected back until Monday, which means he will miss the Charity Shield clash with Man Utd on Sunday.

There has also been talk of Samuel Eto’o being used as a makeweight in any deal, but the arrival of Sergio Aguero at Eastlands should finally put that rumour to bed.

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Johnson wants to stay.

Adam Johnson is confident his future remains at Eastlands despite being the focal point of much transfer speculation, according to Football365.

Amidst rumours Johnson would leave, to seek the continuity of first team football, Roberto Mancini has backed the winger by saying he is part of his immediate plans, news that thrilled the 24-year-old.

Johnson said: “Yes, it’s brilliant to hear the manager come out and say I’m part of the future at City, when you get linked with other teams you start to wonder if you are in their plans.” He added.

“He said he wants another winger but, with the number and quality of players we’ve got here, 90 per cent of us know we won’t play every single game. That’s just part of being at a massive club.”

Cantona: Academy more important.

Eric Cantona has stoked the Manchester rivalry fire by saying he does not believe Man City will succeed in trying to buy their success, Sky Sports report.

The Man Utd legend – who returns to Old Trafford on Friday for Paul Scholes’ testimonial – said his former club would continue to dominate because of their ability to train and develop young players.

The Frenchman said: “I don’t know how they [City] work – maybe they are working on an academy but today they want to spend to buy players to build a team.”

He continued: “But if they only want to do that (spend money) they will not be as strong as United because United work on the long-term. Players leave but Manchester United is still one of the best teams in the world.”

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