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An old link has been rekindled with reports that Sunderland could move for Manchester City striker John Guidetti this summer. The 21-year-old is highly regarded at the Etihad and it has long been believed by many that he would excel once free of injury and illness. But following a season spent predominantly on the side-lines, the striker could be on his way to the Stadium of Light.
That is at least according to reports in the local media, which point to the fact that the Black Cats’ director of football elect, Roberto De Fanti, is also Guidetti’s agent.
One striker who almost certainly won’t be arriving is AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy, as yesterday’s quotes from the player have now been backed up by his club.
Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani said, “On El Shaarawy, I can assure you there have been no talks and the rumoured offer from City does not correspond with reality.”
But a move in the other direction still remains possible, with the Serie A side reportedly keen to reunite Carlos Tevez with Mario Balotelli.
“I like Carlitos a lot because he’s a ‘nasty’ player,” Galliani said. “His wages? There will be no problems with Tevez.”
Long-term target Edinson Cavani does not appear to be replacing the Argentinian should he leave. After Chelsea were rumoured to have held talks with his club Napoli and had two bids rejected, Real Madrid are now said to be stepping up their interest.
And finally, City captain Vincent Kompany has received praise and shock in equal measure following Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia.
The defender played for almost an hour with a broken nose, fractured eye socket and concussion.
After the game there were mixed messages as to whether or not he was risking his life by playing on.
But Belgium’s team doctor Kris van Crombrugge was adamant he carried out thorough checks and was confident that Kompany was fit to continue.
His national team manager Marc Wilmots hailed his “extraordinary courage” following the final whistle.
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