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Speaking on Uruguayan radio, Berta Gomez said any deal would be concluded in the next three weeks, and that Chelsea failed to meet the player’s release clause.
“Edi is in talks with Manchester City and Real Madrid,” she is quoted as saying. “I assure you that however it goes, he loves Naples and if he leaves he would never forget the love and affection of the people there.”
And it seems City will not stop spending there, because despite the captures of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, the Blues are said to still be in the hunt for Malaga playmaker Isco.
It was strongly suggested that the club were no longer interested, after spending significantly on other attacking midfielders. But reports suggest that the cub hope the confirmation of Manuel Pellegrini as manager will ultimately lead the 21-year-old to the Etihad.
The fact that Malaga are banned from European competition next year may also sway a player who is currently thriving for the Spanish Under-21s.
Having previously called Pellegrini his “footballing father” it is certainly a move that makes sense. But where he would fit in, and who would make way, may be answered in due course.
One player who could be leaving is Gareth Barry, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham. Should Scott Parker move on, Barry is seen as the ideal replacement, for a fee in the region of £4million.
Someone else on the move is City’s Abdul Razak – although in this case he isn’t leaving the club, rather he has been sent home from international duty for fighting with a teammate.
The Ivory Coast midfielder was photographed scuffling with Jean-Jacques Gosso and both have since been given their marching orders.
A statement on the club’s Twitter feed said, “It is with great sadness that we announce that the Carrington Club Cat Wimblydon passed away this afternoon. RIPWimbly.”
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