Express: Double striker-deal imminent for City?
- 18 July 2013 08:49
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
Reports this morning suggest that City’s quota of first team strikers could be set to double within the next 48 hours.
It’s been no secret that the Blues have been heavily linked with a “double swoop” for a pair of marksmen to replace Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez who have departed Manchester for Milan and Juventus respectively over the past weeks leaving just Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko as the team's recognised strikers..
The Express reckon that attack-bolstering deals to bring in Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic could be sealed by the weekend and quote Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido to back up their claims on the former:
“We are about to close on the sale of the player and, if everything goes normally and everything is signed, he will soon say goodbye to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Manchester City are signing a great player. For Sevilla and Negredo it is a major operation. It is the contract of his life.
...Jose Maria Del Nido
“City are buying a great player, the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga. This is a big deal for Sevilla, the second most important in our history after we sold Daniel Alves [to Barcelona].
“Everyone should be happy; it is a great deal for all three parties.”
The Express also report that it is not just in attack where the Blues are looking to strengthen with Real Madrid’s Portuguese international defender Pepe apparently still an “absolute priority” for Manuel Pellegrini who is “determined to test the Spanish club’s resolve”.
And finally, a hint of what City fans can look forward to on the pitch next season, Jack Rodwell reveals the Blues’ “Barcelona plan”, providing an insight into the early impact Manuel Pellegrini is having on team:
"(He) likes us to press high up and press in numbers, to get the ball back as soon as possible and then play simple football," he tells The Sun.
"He wants us to keep the ball until we're in the final third and then see.
"It's early and he hasn't gone into too much detail - he's gradually drip-feeding us.
"You look at Barcelona and what they do and it works for them so hopefully we'll adapt."
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