All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…
Following the disappointment of missing out on Isco, and the refusal to meet Edinson Cavani’s hefty release clause, Manchester City seem on course to sign a new player after a quiet couple of weeks.
Manuel Pellegrini was in need of at least one new striker following the departure of Carlos Tevez. And Negredo certainly fits the bill, having scored 25 goals in La Liga last season.
Negredo was previously believed to be on his way to Atletico Madrid, who may now turn their attention to City’s Edin Dzeko as an alternative. Although it has already been reported that Pellegrini rates the Bosnian and intends to keep him at the club next season.
One striker seemingly not on his way to the Etihad is Brazilian Fred. The Fluminense forward has been strongly linked with the Blues both during and after his impressive Confederations Cup campaign. And yet he has apparently ruled out any impending move.
“I have a long contract and my intention is to see it out,” he said.
Despite numerous stories in recent days linking Micah Richards with here-there-and-everywhere, City are reportedly confident of keeping him.
A new contract is set to be discussed, with Richards’ main and obvious concern being one of playing time. Both he and Joleon Lescott are said to be offered new deals in the near future.
A different kind of deal could be on the table for Gareth Barry – and it is one the City fans have heard before.
A story that has gone cold in recent weeks is hot again today, with the suggestion that Barry will be offered a new deal that includes a move to City’s New York City franchise in 2015.
It could work for both parties, but only if the England international fancies a stint in the MLS.
And finally, City defender Karim Rekik is a reported loan-target of PSV Eindhoven. The 18-year-old is a promising talent, and Pellegrini must decide how highly he figures in his first-team plans in the coming campaign.
A brief return to his homeland could be exactly what he needs, before returning to City with considerably more experience at the top level.
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