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“Fernandinho can become a monster,” Redknapp said. “He could be the best midfielder in the Premier League next season.”
The 28-year-old arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee in the region of £30million, completing a busy week in the transfer market for the Blues.
Following stories yesterday that Napoli were holding out for Edinson Cavani’s full release clause of just under £54million, the long-term City target may instead be on his way to Chelsea.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he expects to hold talks with Jose Mourinho’s side imminently.
“There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani,” he said. “They’ll call me in the next few hours.”
So either he is a fortune teller, or the London club have tested the water for the prolific Uruguayan; in which case that is a big blow for City in their pursuit of a new frontman.
Reports earlier in the week suggested that one current City striker, Carlos Tevez, had agreed personal terms with Juventus. And yet Serie A rivals AC Milan have something to say about that.
Milan initially tried to sign the striker last year, and vice-president Adriano Galliani gave an impassioned if slightly peculiar sound-bite in relation to the player’s future.
“I would mind a bit if he should go to Juventus,” Galliani said, “given the friendship we have built with him.
“But the president Berlusconi is right – if Tevez had arrived in Milan Balotelli would not have come here.”
Whether that means Milan would take the player now remains to be seen. Perhaps they just don’t like the thought of him playing against them next season.
They may not have to concern themselves with that prospect if the reports linking Tevez with a move to Liverpool are true.
The 29-year-old is apparently on a list of potential replacements for Luis Suarez who, even if he does not leave this summer, will be suspended for the first six games of next season.
Despite all this talk about his future, Tevez is said to be waiting for Manuel Pellegrini to confirm his plans once he is installed as manager.
And finally, Wayne Bridge has left the Etihad in a permanent deal, having spent much of his recent time on loan. The former England international has signed a one-year deal with Championship side Reading, having previously been linked with QPR.
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