Manchester City latest: Including post-match reaction and £34m price-tag for winger

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Manchester City are through to the final of the Asia Trophy after beating South China 1-0 earlier today.

The only goal of the game came from Edin Dzeko in the 21st minute – a header following a James Milner cross.

The England midfielder was later awarded the man-of-the-match award on a day when the heavens most certainly opened; inclement weather affecting both this match and the first semi-final between Sunderland and Tottenham that ended 3-1 to the Black Cats.

New signing Alvaro Negredo also made a second half appearance as a substitute. And he will be hoping to make more of an impact in Saturday’s final.

City have already spent well and often during this summer’s transfer window, and yet that may not be the last of it – if reports linking them with a move for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio are believed.

But the 23-year-old won’t come cheap, with the Portuguese club putting a £34million price-tag on his head.

Salvio’s 10 goals in just 17 league starts last season has prompted reported interest from City, along with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. But with Jesus Navas playing in an identical position, how interested Manuel Pellegrini is in the Benfica player remains to be seen.

Speaking of Navas, the new signing has revealed he previously turned down a move to Arsenal.

That was back in 2010 when Sevilla won the Spanish cup,” he said. “I was still winning things and achieving things there.”

He also believes the presence of former Sevilla teammate Negredo will ease the transition from La Liga to the Premier League.

If Navas plays to his potential under Pellegrini, City fans could be about to see one of the signings of this and many summers.

Such is the club’s summer spending to date that many see them as favourites for the title. And Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho certainly thinks they are in with a shot.

Referring to the purchases of Navas, Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho, the Portuguese feels they have bought players who are ready for success now, with experience and talent aplenty.

Whether his words are mind games or simply compliments following some savvy signings is open to interpretation. But there is little doubt City will be up there come the end of the new campaign.

I think they are players without surprises who are more than ready for the Premier League,” Mourinho said.

They have people in the club who know a lot about football. So it’s no surprise for me they bought well. And they did it.”

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