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Indy: Pellegrini gives up on Pepe

  • 09 July 2013 08:26
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

City’s interest in Portuguese defender Pepe may be over according to reports this morning.

Manuel Pellegrini is apparently an admirer of the Real Madrid centre-back but new Real manager Carlos Ancelotti has refused to sanction the sale, according to Ian Herbert of the Independent.

It’s thought that City’s failure to sign the 30-year old could offer a fresh opportunity for Joleon Lescott to stake a claim for regular inclusion.

“City were already resigned to failing to sign him,” writes Herbert, “the situation could offer a reprieve to Joleon Lescott, whose desire to stay at the club is tempered by a need for Premier League starts ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

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“City are progressing moves to sign the Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, though frontman Pablo Osvaldo is not heading to City, despite suggestions that they are closing in on the Roma player.”

One man who could be creeping ever-closer to a move to the Etihad Stadium is Stevan Jovetic, who looks set to leave Fiorentina after the Serie A club clinched a deal for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

City are said to be in competition with Arsenal for the Montenegrin frontman but the Blues are thought to be leading the race to activate his £27m buy-out clause.

“It is City who are moving into pole position having sold Carlos Tevez to Juventus. plus they can cope with his basic wage demands of £120,000 a week,” Shaun Custis of The Sun reports.

“Jovetic has made it clear he wants to leave Florence.”

...Shaun Custis - The Sun...

A source close to the player said: “Of the top players in Europe, Stevan is the best value striker on the market right now.”

Surely it’s not just me who imagines a shadowy figure clutching a briefcase wearing a trenchcoat in an underground car park when hearing of these “sources”?

Anyway, Arsenal are "reeling in" Gareth Barry according to Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

Master angler Arsene Wenger is ready to part with £4m for the England midfielder.

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“Arsenal are favourites to sign Barry with boss Arsene Wenger telling him he would be an integral part of his team,” Cross argues.

“Arsenal are willing to offer Barry a 12-month deal worth around £75,000 a week, with the option of a second year if he is a success.

“Barry will spend the next week considering his immediate future but looks certain to quit City.”

Finally, Reece Wabara is said to be interesting Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday are keen to take Jeremy Helan back to Hillsborough after a successful loan spell last season.

Remember, we are just reporting the stories in the media this morning and you will only learn of completed deals on the site when they’re done.

NB: Spent 10 minutes trying to think up a pun with Pepe and Blue around Pepe Le Pew for the headline but got nowhere - Pepe Not A Blue was as good(!?) as it got. Your suggestions, please...


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