Brazilian Fernandinho has become the latest player to come through the door at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City waste little time in improving their squad before August’s transfer deadline. The 28-year-old midfielder, signed from Shakhtar Donetsk, is reported to have cost the Sky Blues £34m after Donetsk came down from the player’s £42m release clause.
With £17m Jesus Navas already on board, this takes City’s summer spending to over £50m, with the best part of two-and-a-half months of the transfer window still to come. However, the City spending will not stop there as club bosses are said to have received the go-ahead from incoming manager Manuel Pellegrini to bid for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, who could end up costing the Eastland’s outfit another £30m.
It is also being reported that Spanish Under-21 sensation Isco has called the chance to link up with his old Malaga boss at City as a “dream
One player who it appears will not be benefitting from all of the midfield talent coming into Eastlands is troubled star Carlos Tevez, as the Mirror believe Milan have renewed their interest in the player. Milan President Adriano Galliani said that he likes Tevez, calling him a “nasty player.” When asked about the Argentine’s wages Galliani simply said “there will be no problems.”
Unconfirmed reports surrounding the Tevez deal though have been talking of a swap deal with the highly-rated Italian attacker Stephan El-Shaarawy coming the other way. However, both Galliani and El-Shaarawy himself were quick to reject these claims, with the 20-year-old stating: “I don’t think I will leave Milan, if City really wants me, it is flattering. But I want to stay here at AC Milan.”
However, TalkSport are reporting that Liverpool may be a shock bidder for Carlos Tevez as a replacement for their very own want-away striker Luis Suarez. The Reds have been long term admirers of the 29-year-old, after trying twice in vain to bring him in on loan. However, they feel that now is the time considering that City may accept an offer as low as £7m as Tevez only has 12 months left on his current deal.
With Pellegrini’s arrival at the Etihad imminent, he will bring his expansive style of play with him, looking to attack defenders one-on-one with the use of nippy wingers. It also looks as if the City bosses have grown tired of some of the deadwood in their squad and are hoping to trim the fat in order to make room for new talent over the next few weeks. It would certainly seem that the troublesome Tevez’s time is up at the Etihad and that may be a weight off the shoulders of everyone at the club.
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