Former United man bound for the Etihad?
- 06 June 2013 08:50
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City are keen to add a former Manchester United man to their ranks this summer, according to today's reports.
A story in the Daily Express claims that the Blues and Arsenal are set to go toe to toe in the pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who left Old Trafford 12 months ago and has since enjoyed a fruitful year with the Serie A Champions.
James Dickenson writes: “Pogba is becoming an important player for both Juventus and France after making 37 appearances for club and country last season, with his form attracting interest from the Premier League.
“The 20-year-old left Manchester United on a free transfer in July 2012, but could return to England this summer with Arsenal and Manchester City tracking the central midfielder.
“Reports on the continent suggest a €20 million (£17m) fee could be enough to make Juventus consider selling their number six, which would be all profit after they brought him in as a Bosman.”
The Argentinian finished the 2012/13 campaign as City’s top scorer in all competitions, and his form is said to have attracted the attention of the Italian giants if they don’t succeed in the pursuit of their top target.
“Juventus will step up efforts to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez if they fail to prise Arsenal and Chelsea target Stevan Jovetic away from Fiorentina,” explains John Edwards.
“Tevez has one year left on contract and City, as with Javi Garcia, Edin Dzeko and Joleon Lescott, are prepared to listen to offers as they look to continue recruiting with Real Madrid's Pepe and Malaga's Isco still on their wishlist.
“Jovetic, 23, is valued at £30m and Juventus fear they will struggle to beat Chelsea, particularly, in the bidding.”
Finally, it could be a while before Edinson Cavani’s name stops being mentioned in the media round up if a report in the Manchester Evening News is anything to go by.
A quick conclusion isn’t said to be on the cards, with Napoli insisting the Blues must splash the cash if they want to take the Uruguayan frontman to the Etihad Stadium.
The paper’s Stuart Brennan writes: “The Blues still need a new front man as a priority, and Napoli have dug in their heels over the sale of Cavani, for whom they want the full release clause of £54m.
“Edin Dzeko is understood to have been proffered as part of the deal, but Napoli want to extract as much as they can for their star striker.
“With Juventus poised to move for Carlos Tevez, City will consider no bids for any of their current strikers until they have a replacement in the bag.”
Brennan adds that City could be in for a “long, hot summer of negotiation and brinksmanship.”
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