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Manchester City may not have a manager, but that hasn’t stopped them being linked with one of the hottest properties in world football, Radamel Falcao. The Blues have become the latest side to be linked with the prolific Colombian, with reports claiming City are prepared to pay his £54million release clause.
Comments from Atletico Madrid now suggest they are ready to part with the 27-year-old. And while there remains interest from the likes of Monaco and Chelsea, City appear to be in the box-seat.
It is a story that Spanish newspaper Marca are also reporting, although they cite the English press as the original source.
Should Falcao arrive, he could take the place of current Blues striker Carlos Tevez, who is said to be attracting interest from Italian champions Juventus.
Tevez is one of two Argentinian strikers linked with the Serie A side, along with Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. Although with only a year left on his current contract, the Italians’ sporting director Beppe Marotta has admitted Tevez may be the more realistic target.
“We are not the first to notice his quality and experience,” Marotta said. “He is a player with a big desire to rebuild his career. Nevertheless, he is owned by City and we have made no approach to them. It is obvious that even in the event of an agreement with the player, the club still has an important say.”
Should Falcao arrive, that say would surely be an affirmative one.
Another player linked with a move to the Etihad is Brazilian Fernandinho. Currently playing for Shakhtar Donetsk, the 28-year-old took to Twitter (that most reliable of sources), to answer a question from a City fan.
When asked if he wanted to move to the blue half of Manchester, Fernandinho replied, “Yes, my friend.”
Whether it is simply a case of appeasing a stranger, or an admittance of an imminent move, the player would be a welcome addition to the squad.
The problem lies in Shakhtar’s valuation – some £42.3million. It is a fee former manager Roberto Mancini is said to have baulked at; and one that is unrealistic even for a club of City’s spending power.
One current City player is celebrating a happy end to an otherwise disappointing season. After scoring a brace in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Norwich, Jack Rodwell has now been called into the England squad for the upcoming matches against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
The midfielder has been called up as a potential replacement for the injured Tom Cleverley.
Having made only 15 appearances this season, it is a good end to a season Rodwell would otherwise be glad to see the back of.