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Season 2012/13

Transfer Window: Day Five

  • 05 January 2013 08:39
  • Posted by Mark Booth

Reported City target Bernat is slapped with a €20m price-tag as the race hots up for his signature in today’s media round-up.

The latest in the long production line of talented Spanish playmakers is seen as one of the most exciting and available transfer prospects in La Liga – but he won’t come cheap.

“Real Betis manager Pepe Mel has warned Manchester City and Chelsea that transfer target Benat Etxebarria will not be sold for less than €20million,” writes Daniel Storey of Sky Sports.

“Extebarria's contract expires in 18 months, a fact that has reportedly led the Premier League clubs to prepare a cut-price offer for Betis.”

"Benat's clause is 20m Euros and he will only leave for 20 million,” said Mel.

"To sell him for anything less would be a disaster. The club must defend its position and Benat knows that. To be able to go the market and find a replacement, the only number is €20million.”

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund have ruled out a January transfer for defender Mats Hummels who has recently been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium.

“Borussia Dortmund chief executive Aki Watzke has rubbished recent reports linking Mats Hummels with a January move to Manchester City,” the story on ESPN.co.uk reads.

“The most recent rumour linked Germany centre back Mats Hummels, 24, with a move to Premier League champions City. But, speaking to the press on Thursday, Watzke labelled the speculation as "pure nonsense".

In other news, QPR boss Harry Redknapp is said to be interested in an £8m move for Joleon Lescott in today’s Sun.

“QPR have made an £8million move for Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott,” the paper reports.

“But Lescott is stalling as the 31-year-old England star is keen on a switch back to former club Everton.

If Lescott goes to Goodison Park then Hoops boss Harry Redknapp will target Everton’s Sylvain Distin.”

Don’t forget that the only place you can read confirmed transfer stories is here on mcfc.co.uk.

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