Mail: Fred and Cardozo top City list
- 30 June 2013 08:33
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
David Silva and Jesus Navas’s Spain take on Brazil in the Confederations Cup final this evening.
It’s an opportunity for this all-conquering generation of Spanish talent to complete their trophy collection but one man aiming to clip their wings is Fred, who is expected to start for the hosts.
The former Lyon man is the latest in a long line of strikers to be linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer – along with Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo in today’s Daily Mail.
“Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has turned his attention to Brazil striker Fred and Benfica's Oscar Cardozo after personally pulling the plug on a move for Roberto Mancini's favourite striker Edinson Cavani,” reports Joe Bernstein.
“Pellegrini, who is given the final say on transfers at the club despite the role of director of football Txiki Begiristain, does not want City to break the bank for Cavani after Napoli turned down an initial bid that fell well below the Italian club's valuation of £54million.”
Meanwhile, over in Brazil, European Football of the Year Andres Iniesta has tipped Navas to become City’s answer to Gareth Bale.
“Navas is a very special player. He is going to cause the defences in the Premier League a real problem when he plays for City,” the Barcelona playmaker said.
“Jesus has so much speed, and his feet are so quick, that it becomes nearly impossible to stop him without fouling him."
...Iniesta on Navas...
“The only player that I can compare him with that is already playing in England is Gareth Bale.”
Typically, the pathway between La Liga and the Premier League tends to be a one-way street with English clubs looking to stock up on Spanish imports but that trend could be subverted, according to the Manchester Evening News.
That’s because City winger Scott Sinclair is reportedly being lined up for a surprise move to Spain, with Espanyol said to be interested.
“The Blues winger is this weekend expected to seek confirmation from new boss Manuel Pellegrini that he’s surplus to requirements,” writes Peter Spencer, “He will be told that the Barcelona-based club, along with West Brom, have made enquiries about his availability.
“City would prefer a cut-price fee for Sinclair, who cost £6m when he signed from Swansea 12 months ago, rather than a loan deal.”
Remember, we’re just reporting the stories in the media this morning and you’ll only be in a position to judge the hearsay from the stone cold facts when you see it confirmed on the website.
Finally, one man who has departed the club this summer has been praised by his former teammates at a charity golf day hosted by Steven Gerrard.
Kolo Toure will be the England captain’s teammate next season and Gareth Barry told the Liverpool FC media team that the Reds should be proud to have the Ivorian in their ranks.
"Kolo will be a great signing. I think it's an astute signing by Brendan Rodgers because he has got so much experience," Barry told LFC TV.
"He will always give 100 per cent, he will never give up. Kolo will win over the fans straight away.
"Losing Jamie Carragher's experience from the dressing room will be a huge loss for Liverpool and the fans.
"But Kolo, with his experience and his work-rate, the way he goes about his training, will do a good job of replacing him."
Good luck at Anfield, Kolo – see you on Boxing Day!