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Neymar on his way to the Etihad?

  • 19 February 2013 08:48
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

City have made the first move in an attempt to bring Neymar to the Etihad Stadium, according to reports this morning.

The Daily Mail claim that the Blues held initial talks with the Santos forward’s family and representatives at Wembley on the night that England beat Brazil two weeks ago.

The paper’s Charles Sale reports:

“There was much hype surrounding Neymar’s appearance in this country earlier this month but despite playing 90 minutes at Wembley the youngster failed to impress as England deservedly won the friendly 2-1. 

“That has not deterred top clubs like Barcelona from wanting to sign him and the Spanish giants are seen as one of the favourites for his signature.

“But Abu Dhabi-owned City can afford to offer Neymar a similar package or better and have put down the first marker.”

Another possible transfer target, Malaga midfielder Isco, has said that he will leave his current club in a bid to ease their financial problems, according to TalkSport:

“The 20-year-old, who has a buy-out clause of £30m in his contract, has attracted interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City, and says he will do anything he can to save his current club.

"’I am ready to sacrifice myself for the good of the club,’ he told AS.”

Remember, any confirmed transfers will appear on mcfc.co.uk first.

Meanwhile, most media outlets have also focused on Roberto Mancini’s comments that he has been the best manager in England in the last 15 months.

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The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson writes:

“Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Italian's first full season in charge of the club, he has won the FA Cup and the Premier League title, though the timescale Mancini cited only covers half of last season.

“He told the BBC: ‘I won one Premier League, one FA Cup, one Charity Shield [Community Shield, last August], there is not another manager that's won like me in the last 15 months. I can do nothing but it is the reality.’” 

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