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The news comes after quotes from the player confirmed that both clubs had made offers for him.
“Yes there are offers on the table from both clubs,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
“Those are the two clubs that have shown the most interest. I hope that whatever I choose will be the best for me and for Malaga.”
Well it seems he has chosen the Bernabeu, although the deal will see him remain at current club Malaga on a one-year loan.
Only it isn't quite as clear as that, because Marca are actually reporting a rumour from another source, and claiming that City may in fact be the player's preferred destination due to the competition for places at Madrid.
The 21-year-old has shone for Spain’s Under-21s in this summer’s European Championship, and there is no doubt he would excel at the Etihad if he ultimately follows his former boss Manuel Pellegrini to the club.
The player called the Chilean “fundamental” to his career so far, adding that he would go on holiday before making a final decision on his future.
Should the reports from his homeland be true, that decision has already been made. Should it just be the latest rumour in an already cluttered mill, the Blues may still get their man eventually.
With a new striker also high on Pellegrini’s wish-list, reports suggest that man may be Stevan Jovetic. Having previously been thought of as the front-runners for Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan is rumoured to have chosen a move to the Bernabeu over one to the Etihad.
If that is the case, the interest in Jovetic makes sense. With Europe’s top strikers quickly being snaffled up by rivals, City know they will have to move quickly to sign an available front-man with the ability to propel them to the next level.
It is believed that City would be prepared to match the Fiorentina striker’s €30million price-tag.
And finally, there are some very mixed messages over Carlos Tevez’s possible move to AC Milan.
Having admitted that he doesn’t know where he will be playing next season, some media outlets have taken that as a sure-fire sign that he will leave, with suggestions that Juventus are prepared to offer £10million in an attempt to beat Milan to his signature.
And they may just get his man if Milan defender Ignazio Abate has his way.
Speaking at the Confederations Cup, Abate said, “We don’t need to sign Tevez. We have other great attackers like Pazzini, who could not play much due to injury but when he did he was very good.”
But comments in recent days from Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani suggest otherwise.
Although other reports suggest any move to the San Siro will be determined by the sale of former City forward Robinho.
Now at Milan, the Brazilian is on the verge of being sold to former club Santos, with his transfer fee going towards the signing of the Argentinian.
In short, it seems the Tevez saga has some time to run yet.
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