City lining up Gomez?
- 28 June 2013 08:31
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Could Mario Gomez fill the void left by Carlos Tevez?
Ian Herbert of The Independent believes so in his story linking the prolific Bayern Munich striker with a move to the Etihad.
Writes Herbert: "Manchester City have listed the Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez as one of four targets as they move rapidly to rebuild their strike force after the departure of Carlos Tevez to Juventus, The Independent understands.
"An Italian and Spanish striker are also in City's sights - Seville's Alvaro Negredo and Roma's Pablo Osvaldo - and with the situation fluid on all players, the fourth individual in contention as the goalscorer City badly needed is Benfica's Oscar Cardozo, who has had a bitter falling out with the Portuguese club's manager and is definitely leaving the club. Benfica are demanding €17m (£14.5m) but would take €15m (£12.8m)."
With career stats of 221 goals in 337 games, Gomez certainly has the pedigree for the Premier League, but the fact is the Blues are likely to be linked with every striker in the world in the coming weeks so these stories will be legion - until or if a player actually arrives.
Carlos Tevez may be gone, but he at least thanked the City fans for his four years with the Blues where he went from hero to zero and something close to hero again during a never-dull stint at the Etihad.
The Guardian’s Louise Taylor reports: “The 29-year-old has signed a three-year contract, concluding four seasons at City which were preceded by stints with West Ham and Manchester United.
‘I spoke to Manuel Pellegrini as soon as he arrived at City,’ said Tevez.
I told him I considered my time at the club to be over. He said that was fine by him and there weren't any problems in allowing me to leave. I would like to thank City and all their fans for the four years we spent together
Goal.com return to the Edinson Cavani story, believing Tevez’s departure might take the Uruguayan a step closer to swapping Napoli for the north-west.
Liam Twomey reports: “The Uruguayan's €63 million release clause is proving a stumbling block to any deal, and De Laurentiis confirmed the offer City tabled fell significantly short of this asking price.
‘The only meeting I've had has been with Manchester City, but the offer was inadequate,’ he told reporters.
“Cavani recently voiced his discontent at Napoli's refusal to consider any offers lower than his buyout clause, and hinted he will seek talks with De Laurentiis now Uruguay's Confederations Cup campaign is over.
“But De Laurentiis insists there is no need for any such meeting, and re-asserted his negotiating position. ‘There is no need to have a face to face with Cavani,’ he added. ‘If a club offers 63 million euros then we would allow him to leave. The release clause will have been activated.’”
Goal.com double up with a snippet on Maicon, who is hoping for a more productive campaign next season.
‘He has had an unfortunate season, it can happen,’ his agent Robert Calenda told Radio Sportiva.
‘Now he wants to prove his worth in a Manchester City jersey and achieve a call to the World Cup with Brazil.’
“Roma had been linked with offering Maicon a route back to Serie A after a difficult first season in England, but Calenda believes the financial constraints of Italian clubs make a deal unfeasible.
‘Interest from Roma? Italian football is going through a bad time economically so it is difficult to take players with this kind of salary,’ he added.”
Maicon for Brazil 2014? Don’t bet against it!