All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad…
Having only just announced Jesus Navas’s imminent arrival at Manchester City, it seems the club were only getting started.
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho was pictured leaving a Manchester hospital this morning, having said to have completed his medical prior to a transfer to the Blues. While no fee has yet been reported, it is believed to be significantly less than the £42.5million release clause in the Brazilian’s contract.
The move for the 28-year-old appears to finally end City’s interest in Malaga’s Isco.
And it appears City’s spending won’t stop there. Having significantly bolstered their midfield they appear to be turning their attention to defence, with a £21million move for Real Madrid defender Pepe.
While they need to reinforce following the departure of Kolo Toure and likely departure of Joleon Lescott, whether the Portugese international is the answer remains to be seen; especially when you consider the formidable partnership developing between Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic.
Pepe will not be signed to sit on the bench. As a result, he may not be signed at all.
One player who seems certain to leave the Etihad this summer is Edin Dzeko. And reports suggest the Bosnian striker is now Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s number one transfer target.
Media hyperbole…or a case of the “special one” knowing exactly what he is looking for? We will see once the transfer window opens.
Reports in Italy suggest Dzeko may not be the only forward leaving the Blues this summer. Italian website Sport Mediaset are claiming that the Argentinian has agreed personal terms with Serie A champions Juventus.
Approaching the last year of his contract, it was always likely that Tevez would leave before the new campaign. But should both forwards move on, Manuel Pellegrini will surely move for a new striker to counterbalance his growing collection of midfielders.
And finally, it has been announced that City will play Arsenal in a pre-season friendly in Finland on August 10.
In what is being called the “Super Match by Carlsberg” the game will see the two sides facing off for the second consecutive pre-season, after they played in Beijing last summer.
Prior to that match, City will play games in South Africa, Hong Kong and Germany.
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