ESPN: City close in on Demichelis
- 24 August 2013 08:46
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
We brought you reports of City’s apparent interest in Martin Demichelis earlier in the week and now it seems the Blues have stepped up their bid to bring the Argentine to England.
According to ESPN, City want Atletico Madrid to reduce their €5 million asking price for a player they signed on a free transfer earlier this summer.
“City manager Manuel Pellegrini worked with Demichelis when both were at Malaga and has made him his top target,” the website reports.
“And the 2012 Premier League champions have switched their attention to the Argentina international after accepting it was unlikely that Pepe would leave Real Madrid to sign for them.
“Demichelis, a former River Plate and Bayern Munich player, signed for Atletico when his Malaga contract expired this summer.
“If the deal doesn’t go through, midfielder Javi Garcia, who came on for Kompany against Newcastle, is likely to deputise while Dedryck Boyata, who has not played a competitive game for City since May 2011, is also in contention.”
Remember we here at mcfc.co.uk will be first with any transfer news before the window closes this summer.
“Mackay's keen interest in how Pellegrini's side fared against Newcastle, who had Steven Taylor sent off as half-time approached, led him to describe their display as "excellent," the BBC reports.
The Scot was particularly impressed with the strength his Chilean managerial counterpart had to call on from the bench.
Mackay said: “I look at the players they have coming off the bench and the impact they have as well. They are a top team.”
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The City winger joined the Baggies this week for the remainder of the season and Clarke believes the move will provide Scott with the perfect platform to show what he has to offer.
“Clarke believes rural-loving Scott Sinclair can use Albion to get a World Cup ticket to Brazil,” writes the Birmingham Mail’s Bill Howell.
“The 24-year-old has England under-21 and Great Britain Olympic experience but Baggies boss Clarke clearly thinks the winger can gate-crash England’s squad with Roy Hodgson struggling for attacking options.”