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The club have announced an agreement with Japanese car firm Daihatsu that will see them become City’s “Official Automotive Partner in Indonesia”.
The deal will be welcomed both for the publicity it brings the club and the revenue it generates. And the latter will come in particularly handy as City’s players are officially the best paid in the world of sport.
A Global Sports Survey has revealed the average annual salary for a City player is a staggering £5,239,750. That equates to an average of £100,764 a week.
The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team are second on the list, followed by Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The next highest paying English side are Chelsea in eighth, with an average annual salary of £4,058,742, some £1,181,008 less than the Blues.
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani could ultimately decide between those two sides, as he seems to have hinted that his future may not lie in Spain.
Cavani has been heavily linked with City, Chelsea and Real Madrid, and is almost certain to leave Italy this summer. But during an interview while on Confederations Cup duty, the 26-year-old questioned if his style of play would fit in La Liga.
“I don’t know if Spanish football suits me,” he said.
“Football there is wonderful as everyone knows, you have more freedom, but I don’t know what will happen.”
Should City lose out on Cavani, AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy may still be within reach, despite comments from Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani dismissing the link earlier in the week.
Speaking specifically about possible interest from Napoli, Galliani said, “El Shaarawy? We never said he is not for sale?”
If the reports linking Carlos Tevez with a move to the San Siro are true, perhaps Manuel Pellegrini should test Galliani’s resolve with a concrete offer.
And finally, City look likely to miss out on one-time target Diego Novaretti. The defender was reportedly under consideration when Roberto Mancini was in charge, but now appears set for a move to Lazio.
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