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Manchester City have secured the services of a played dubbed the ‘next Ibrahimovic’. Swedish teenager Zacharias Faour has been signed from Malmo for an initial fee of £400,000, with the potential to rise to over £1million.
The 15-year-old has reportedly been on the radars of some of Europe’s top clubs, and having shone for Malmo’s youth team City have moved quickly for his signature.
At such a young age, it will be some time before Faour is seen in the first-team. But if he is as good as he is being hailed, the Blues may have just signed a future superstar.
One player unlikely to join him at the Etihad is AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy. Reports at the weekend suggested City were keen on swapping the 20-year-old for Carlos Tevez, but El Shaarawy has moved to dismiss the speculation.
“I really don’t think I’ll leave Milan,” he said. “If City want me that’s flattering, but I’m happy at this big club and feel a connection to the place.”
Those aren’t the feelings of Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, who has spoken out about the links to both City and Chelsea.
The Uruguayan striker is expected to leave Italy this summer, despite new boss Rafael Benitez’s hope that he stays. And he has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League one day.
“I don’t know if they have made an offer,” he said, “but I just know that to be coached by people like Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho would always be a pleasure.
“When the time is right it would be great to play for one of those teams because as a child I imagined doing it.”
So there you have it. Cavani would apparently sign for either club. There is just the small matter of his £53million release clause.
One player already in the bag is Jesus Navas, and the Spanish winger has spoken of his impending move to the Blues.
“I love the football in the Premier League for its speed and strength,” he said. “I will know people there like Silva, who has told me great things, so I don’t think I will have a problem adapting to the club or the city. I’m sure I can do important things.”
Famous in the past for suffering severe bouts of homesickness, City fans will hope Navas is true to his word. He has the potential to be an outstanding capture for Pellegrini and shine for the club next season.
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