Mirror: City monitoring Brazilian forward
- 04 August 2013 08:56
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City headlines are scarce this Sunday morning, but there are a few crumbs to report.
We begin with Brazilian wonderkid Victor Andrade – already compared to Neymar – who is catching the eye of Arsenal and Chelsea as well as the Blues, if a report in the Mirror is to be believed.
The 17-year-old has said he is keen to play in Europe and has been speaking to his godfather, Robinho, about the Premier League.
“Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are all aware of the talents of 17-year-old Victor Andrade who is already a first team regular at Santos,” reports Steve Stammers.
“His contract runs out at the end of the season and he has made it clear that he will not sign a new deal. That makes him available at a bargain price of less than £2.5 million – the development fee Santos will receive.
“‘Quite simply, I would love to play in Europe,’ said Andrade. ‘My godfather Robinho has told me of the great experiences he had at Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan. He told me how it made him a better player because playing in Europe means you must adapt to different styles and systems.’”
Elsewhere, while Patrick Vieira is in Germany taking charge of the EDS at a preseason tournament, the Mirror reports that Inter Milan would be keen to take him to Italy permanently as their first team boss.
The World Cup winner signed for Inter in 2006, and scooped four Serie A titles during his time at the San Siro.
Alan Nixon writes: “The 37-year-old is a very popular figure behind the scenes at the Etihad and has worked in several departments on his way to becoming a leading power at the club.
“Many see Vieira as a future City manager, as he is groomed in all of the skills needed for the top job – but now Inter have put him top of their wish list.
“The former Arsenal hero was also a legend at Inter as a player and insiders in Italy reveal that he is seen as their next coach, possibly as early as next summer.”
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Finally, Joe Hart has been speaking about the impact of City’s new signings, both on the pitch and in the dressing room.
Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho all made their debuts in a City shirt on the club’s preseason tour, and the goalkeeper has been impressed with what he’s seen so far.
He is quoted in the Manchester Evening News as saying: "First and foremost they seem like good guys, that's really important. They speak decent English and they want to get involved with the boys who are already here. We're building a good thing here.
"Football-wise, as you'd expect, they are all very good players. We've got a new style that we're working on and most of it is working, just not all of it yet."