Mirror: Papadopoulos and Cannavaro on City shortlist
- 13 August 2013 08:19
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
After missing out on the signing of Real Madrid star Pepe, Manuel Pellegrini is stepping up his search for a centre-half, according to the Mirror.
“The new City boss, who has watched his side ship eight goals in their last three pre-season games, has been frustrated in a summer-long pursuit of his defensive top target, Real Madrid's Pepe, by the Spanish giants' refusal to sell,” writes David Anderson.
“He has drawn up a list of alternatives believed to include Schalke’s coveted Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who has been tracked by Liverpool, and Napoli skipper Paolo Cannavaro.
“Schalke are determined to drive a hard bargain if they do cash in on Papadopoulos this summer.
“City have been offered Cannavaro, although it is understood the 32-year-old Italian - younger brother of Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro - is down Pellegrini’s list of targets.”
“Deschamps' men head into the meeting at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels having lost to both Uruguay and Brazil in June,” reports goal.com.
“Manchester City man Nasri has not played for France for over a year, but Deschamps is confident his return will be a big boost to the squad.
“Nasri has voiced his delight at the recall and insists he does not mind where he is selected to play.”
“The 21-year-old joined on an initial one month deal from Manchester City last week, reuniting him with Dickov who signed him on loan at Oldham last season,” reports the South Yorkshire Times.
“And he is out to justify Dickov’s on-going faith in him as well as forcing himself into the thoughts of new City boss Manuel Pellegrini.”