Karim Benzema set for City switch
- Mon 11 Jun 2012, 7:29AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Euro 2012 must be under way because there’s plenty of Manchester City-flavoured transfer talk in the news you’re waking up to this morning.
England will take on France in the day’s first helping of Euro 2012 action and the man Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott are tasked with keeping out has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
The rumours are very much at the “Sky Sports understands…” stages but UK agent Jonathan Hope is apparently trying to secure the UK mandate for the transfer of Karim Benzema.
"I have put Benzema forward after a talk with a very reliable and high source at Manchester City as a possible summer signing," Hope told Sky Sports.
"We are working closely to secure the exclusive mandate to obtain the paperwork firstly after serious interest from the champions.
"We spoke with Manchester United two years ago and it went nowhere, which I can see is perhaps a regret on their part.
"The player has stated himself he will not go to Manchester United, however, he has not ruled out a switch to join the champions. I will have a clearer picture soon after the Euros when I have time to sit with his representatives."
Elsewhere, City have been linked with a move for “the new Andrea Pirlo” - who goes by the name of Marco Verratti.
Verratti plays his football at Pescara who have just won promotion to Serie A and the Metro believes that City are going up against NextGen Series rivals Juventus and Paris St Germain for the midfielder’s signature.
“We met with Genoa, who want to buy Marco with Inter,” said Pescara’s Sporting Director.
“Juventus also want the player and there is PSG and Manchester City, too. Roma, though, are absolutely not interested.”
Don't forget that the Manchester City website will be first to bring you confirmed transfer news on any deals that go through this summer.
Finally, the Manchester Evening News gave a glowing review to Coldplay after their colourful performances at the Etihad Stadium over the weekend.
“Just in case you are wondering about the fireworks, screams, and 50,000 voices ringing out from Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium at the weekend – Coldplay were in town,” the review reads.
“Not only did they give a hugely energetic performance of hits such as The Scientist, Violet Hill and Paradise, but the crowd was constantly entertained with fireworks, confetti cannons and 50 enormous air-filled balloons fired into the crowd.”
...Manchester Evening News...
It certainly was an assault on the senses and we’ll be bringing you some photographs from the gigs later on today.