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Having been linked with potential moves to both Juventus and Monaco, the Argentina forward is said to be weighing up his options in light of the imminent arrival of Manuel Pellegrini and continuing stories linking the club with new strikers.
One such player is Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, who is now said to be interesting Chelsea’s manager-in-waiting Jose Mourinho.
Following yesterday’s reports that Rafael Benitez is hoping to persuade Cavani to play one more year in Italy, today’s headlines suggest Chelsea may attempt to secure the Uruguayan’s services with a player-plus-cash deal involving Fernando Torres.
A similar offer to the one that would see City offer Edin Dzeko in part-exchange, Benitez may now have to decide if he wishes to work with the striker he made half-decent again during his interim spell at Stamford Bridge.
One player apparently not on his way to the Etihad is Cesc Fabregas. Following reports City were competing with Manchester United for his services, it now appears he will remain at Barcelona.
At least that is if you believe Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. If on the other hand you believe the Mirror, Fabregas will decide his future next week, with any return to England likely to be to former club Arsenal.
City midfielder Gareth Barry is in line for a new three-year contract with something of a twist. It is being reported that the 32-year-old would play the first two seasons in Manchester and the final one in the MLS, for City’s new franchise New York City.
While certainly a strange one – should it prove true it raises the question as to how many more City players may be spending their twilight years playing in the Big Apple.
And finally, a number of media outlets are reporting Pellegrini’s previous comments about the style of football he intends to bring to his new club if and when he finally arrives.
“If it happens,” he said, “Manchester City will have a team that will play very good football. City have a great team and a clear plan on how things will develop. This motivates me.”
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