Express: Pepe remains defensive target
- 28 July 2013 08:54
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Once again, it’s (mostly) all quiet on the transfer front, with just a couple of familiar names cropping up in today’s City headlines.
We’ll start with Real Madrid defender, Pepe, who is once again being linked with the Blues by the Daily Express this morning.
According to the report, the centre back could be the defensive piece of the puzzle Pellegrini is searching for, having added a number of options to the squad further forward.
“Strikers Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, midfielder Fernandinho and winger Jesus Navas have all arrived at the Etihad but Pellegrini has not finished yet because he is still eyeing a defender,” reports the paper’s Richard Tanner.
“And if he lands the player he has been linked with all summer, £15m-rated Portugal international Pepe from Real Madrid, it would take his transfer spree to about £105m.”
Elsewhere, Aleks Kolarov continues to be linked with a move away from the Etihad, with Galatasaray and Juventus mooted as likely destinations.
The Daily Star reports that a £4m bid from the Turkish side was not enough to secure the Serbian’s services, with City still said to be holding out for £6m.
Writes Paul Hetherington: “Galatasaray have made a £4million bid for Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.
“The Serb defender, 27, is also wanted by Juventus, who offered £1.5m as a loan fee to borrow City’s £100k-a-week man for the coming season.
“But the Blues have told Turkish giants Galatasaray and the Italian champions that they want £6m for Kolarov, though a compromise figure of around £5m could clinch a deal for the dead-ball specialist, who is second to Gael Clichy at the Etihad.”
As ever, if any deals are confirmed you’ll read about them on mcfc.co.uk first.
Finally, new signing Alvaro Negredo has been impressing fans and journalists alike with his City performances in the Barclays Asia Trophy – which the Blues secured with victory over Sunderland in the final yesterday.
The Spanish striker is confident that he can rise to the challenge of the Premier League, and help the club achieve its ambitions.
He told the Guardian’s Jamie Jackson: "It's an honour to be part of the [City] squad and when you have a lot of competitiveness it makes everyone be on the top of their form. This competitiveness between all of the guys – Dzeko, Agüero, Jovetic – will help the club succeed."
At 27, City have bought a player in his prime. "Yes, definitely. Now I am at the peak of my form," he says. "Also this is another league and style of football and I am very confident I will succeed here – not just on an individual level but also in the group."
Bring on the new season!