Spanish eyes said to be on Aguero and Silva
- 22 May 2012 08:55
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
There is lots of transfer talk around Manchester City in today's media coverage, both claimed incomings and rumoured outgoings.
Monday was a quieter than usual day on the City front, maybe a few journalists were catching up on their rest after a hectic end to the season, but if so they've made up for it today.
"Real Madrid want Manchester City's star midfielder David Silva, according to reports in Spain.
Sports paper AS reckons the former Valencia star is now Jose Mourinho's top transfer target for summer.
"It has long been expected that Real would make a move for Silva's Etihad Stadium team-mate Sergio Aguero this summer, with Robin van Persie seen as a way to soothe City fans' disappointment if the striker did move on after just one season in which he won the title with his last-minute goal against QPR."
Staying on the Iberian peninsula, the Mirror also says that Barcelona are looking to make a move for the popular Pablo Zabaleta, who plied his trade in the Catalan capital with Espanyol before signing for City in 2008.
"The Spanish giants have got their eyes on the versatile Argentinean as a cut-price £8m deal to bolster their squad.
"Barca’s Brazilian right back Dani Alves has been questioned over his defensive duties and Paris Saint Germain are keen on him.
"Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is now looking for cut price moves as the club are shopping on a budget and there are doubts as to whether they can afford Tottenham’s Gareth Bale."
Many UK papers continue the Eden Hazard story, with the Telegraph claiming City want to draw a line in the sand over the Lille playmaker.
"...City have made it clear to Hazard and his advisers that they will not meet his salary demands, which are understood to be around £200,000 a week. Instead they are prepared to offer around £110,000 a week.
"The higher figure would move the Belgium international alongside Yaya Touré and Carlos Tévez as City’s top earners, but while that pair arrived as proven performers from Barcelona and United respectively, Hazard’s reputation is built on his performances in the French league."
Aleks Kolarov is linked with a return to Italy, with insidefutbol.com saying "Kolarov's stock remains sky high in Serie A due to an impressive spell with Lazio before Manchester City swooped in to sign the defender in 2010 for a whopping £16M."
And City's fantastic season is underlined with the news that we have topped a value-for-money survey conducted by ING. The results, summarised on the BBC web site, make for interesting and reassuring reading for those who like to get as much VFM as possible.