Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini sent one of his senior aides to scout Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia, the
Coach Fausto Salsano was dispatched to watch Benfica play Setubal on Sunday, a match the Lisbon side won 5-0 and in which Garcia played just under an hour. Garcia, a former Real Madrid youth team player, has a release clause in his contract of £25m and the Benfica president, Pinto Da Costa, is said to have insisted that if the player were to leave, that price would not be negotiable.
The 25-year-old Garcia moved to Benfica from Madrid in 2009, having previously spent a year on loan at La Liga club Osasuna. Capped once by Spain, Garcia helped Benfica to the league title in his first season at the club as well as three consecutive Portuguese League Cups.
Salsano meanwhile is a long-time confidant of Mancini, working with the manager at Fiorentina and Inter before following him to City. A former Sampdoria and Roma midfielder, Salsano retired as a player in 2000.
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