Mirror Football report Man City still believe they can snatch Samir Nasri after being rebuffed in their approach for Ajax’s wonderkid Christian Eriksen.
While they have also distanced themselves from reports of agreeing a £32m fee for Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder, it seems the Sky Blues also failed with a bid of £20m for Danish playmaker Eriksen.
Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots said although City’s interest is flattering, it is not the right time for his client to move: “Christian was very flattered by the interest from City. But at the moment it is not the step he wants to make.” He added.
“The feeling has to be right. It’s not about the money.” This rejection will now pave the way for a move for the unsettled Nasri who is entering the final year of his contract.
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Bolton still hold SWP interest.
Bolton Manager Owen Coyle says the club are still some way off concluding a deal for Shaun Wright-Phillips, the Bolton News report.
The Wanderers are still believed to be haggling over a fee for the English winger as Man City still hold out for £4m, but with uncertainty remaining over a fee, Coyle is yet know whether his club can even satisfy Wright-Phillips’ personal demands.
Coyle explained: “He’s a player I like and have always liked, but then you know that from last year and I don’t know about the other clubs, but I haven’t been granted permission by anyone at Manchester City.” He added.
“In an ideal world, I’d be interested if he was available, and I have to say ‘if’ because there have been stories hanging around that we’ve been granted permission to speak to him.”
Mancio: No place for duo.
Roberto Mancini confirmed Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy do not feature in his season’s plans – and if they fail to secure a transfer away the pair should prepare for life in the reserves, Sky Sports report.
The Italian was speaking in the lead-up to the Charity Shield clash with Man Utd and at this stage no deals have been struck, although Adebayor still fancies a move to Real Madrid and Bellamy is continually linked to a Cardiff return.
Sergio Aguero’s arrival means Mancini has four strikers at his disposal, with Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez also competing for places, even if the latter’s future is still very much unresolved.
Regardless if the Argentinean gets his move away from the Etihad Stadium, Mancini was unequivocal regards the futures of the peripheral strikers: “These players [Adebayor and Bellamy] are not part of my plans.”
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