With Robert Mancini aiming to make the Man City team his own after inheriting all his players from Mark Hughes, we can expect a hell of a lot of transfer activity at the Eastlands this summer.
Todays papers are full of Man City transfer news, starting with the revelation from Sport that City have made a derisory bid of 35m euros for the Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahamovich. The Swedish striker cost Barca 70m last summer, and although they are willing to take a loss on him, they won’t entertain offers under 50m for now.
The Mail reckons that City are also closing in on the brilliant Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, despite the Germans saying that he will be staying as the deadline for his buy-out clause has now been passed. The Mail thinks that City are ready to pay £36m for his services.
The agent of the Inter Milan defender Maicon, Antonio Caliendo, has said that Manchester City are still in the race to sign the Brazilian.
Caliendo was quoted in the Spanish El Mundo Deportivo, saying, “it is not only Real Madrid that are interested in Maicon, do not forget Manchester City. Mancini already trained him.”
It would be interesting to see who would win in a bidding war between Real Madrid and Man City……….
The Mirror reports that Aston Villa are making a £5m bid for the England U21 defender Nedum Onuoha, who is finding first-team appearances hard to come by at the Eastlands, but the Mail says that Villa have slapped a £30m price tag on James Milner.
They are said to have already refused a bid of £20m from City, but it seems that Milner has now refused to commit himself to a new contract at Villa Park, making it very likely that he will have to be sold this summer.
As usual Martin O’Neill will try and squeeze as much as possible from the cash-rich Mancunians……