Express: Benfica demand £34m for Salvio
- 24 July 2013 08:59
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City will have to cough up a large fee to land reported target Eduardo Salvio from Benfica – according to reports this morning.
The Daily Express have brought out a favourite phrase of the transfer window for this one, claiming that the Portuguese side have “slapped a price tag” on his head – in this case, one labelled £34m.
City and Tottenham have been linked with the 23-year-old in recent weeks, and the paper’s Ben Jefferson reports that Benfica are taking a pre-emptive step to keep their man.
He writes: “Reports in Portugal suggest that Arsenal are the latest club to join the race for the 23-year-old, after City and Tottenham were credited with wanting to bring Salvio to England earlier in the summer.”
“Benfica are yet to receive a formal offer for the Argentinian international but have taken the pre-emptive step of asking what they hope will be a prohibitive fee for the player’s services.”
The Blues are said to be asking for a figure of £6m should any club want to prise the Serbian away from the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Reports Paul Clennam: “Pellegrini and City will hold out for their £6m asking price for a player that cost the club £16m when he made the switch from Serie A back in 2010.
“Italian champions Juventus, who moved to sign Carlos Tevez from the Premier League runners-up earlier in the transfer window, retain a long-standing interest in Kolarov, although Galatasaray have emerged as the leading candidates to land the left-sided defender.”
As ever, once any moves are confirmed you’ll read about them here on mcfc.co.uk first!
Finally, one person who isn’t worried about the reports discussing the homesickness Jesus Navas has suffered in the past is…Jesus Navas.
The Spanish winger signed for City from Sevilla in June, and is confident that his family, teammates and desire to succeed will prevent him from falling victim again.
Speaking to the Daily Mail in Hong Kong, he explained: ‘It was a few years ago now,’ he said through an interpreter. ‘It’s all in the past and I’ve moved on, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I’m ready for this.
‘I have a wife and young baby, and having them with me in England will help me settle.
‘My teammates will help a lot as well, but this is something that I really want. I’m here to play football and achieve really big things. So that is driving me to adapt here to the football and the culture. I plan to learn the language quickly.’
Bring on the new season!