Cavani on his way?
- 22 May 2013 09:17
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Transfer gossip has had to battle for column inches this morning with the exciting news that City are to start a new MLS franchise in New York.
Transfer speculation has increased with the season's conclusion, and the latest installment of the Edinson Cavani story involves Edin Dzeko.
Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has assured reporters that he was in London recently to negotiate a deal with City for the striker – according to the Guardian.
A story on the website explains: “Reports had claimed Benítez would be offered a two-year contract by Napoli, but instead, according to De Laurentiis, the president sent his sporting director, Riccardo Bigon, to negotiate with City over a deal that could see Cavani move to the Etihad Stadium and Edin Dzeko join the Neapolitans.
“De Laurentiis was quoted by Gazzetta.it as saying: ‘Yesterday I was in London with [the managing director Andrea] Chiavelli and Bigon and for a simple reason: I have to prepare for the release of the film about Steve Jobs.
“However, I told Bigon: 'Go to City and take the chance to negotiate over Dzeko and see what they are willing to do for Cavani.'”
Remember, we’ll be the first with any confirmed transfers on mcfc.co.uk this summer!
The new team expects to begin playing in Major League Soccer in 2015.
The Independent’s Ian Herbert writes: “Manchester City's chief executive, Ferran Soriano, raised the prospect of a "brand City" spanning Manchester and New York, as his club announced that they are to become the majority owner of a new Major League Soccer club, who may play in sky blue and create a proving ground for future City stars.
“The view from New York is that City have struck gold in securing a partnership with baseball's New York Yankees – one of the wealthiest sports franchises in the world – to establish a 20th MLS franchise, to be called New York City FC.”
...Ian Herbert, The Independent..
Meanwhile, the move has also exploded into the press across the Atlantic, with articles in America’s major news outlets.
Under the headline “City scores on soccer”, The Wall Street Journal explains how the exciting move will see New York City be the first club to play within the five boroughs since the Cosmos in the 1980s, but that the rivalry with the New York Red Bulls should increase interest in a sport which is already growing in stature Stateside.
“With City's global resources for identifying and developing talent, one solution seems obvious: bringing over young players on loan from England to gain experience, and perhaps building attendance with aging stars. But Soriano insisted the club would be more than merely a feeder—or scrap heap—for its English operation. "It will be only natural that some of the players that we have in England will play here at some time," he said. "But that is not the objective."
“The creation of the new franchise adds to what is becoming a crowded region for soccer. The New York area already has one MLS franchise, the Red Bulls, but that team is based at the 25,000-seat Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., meaning that NYC FC could become the first major pro team to play within the city's five boroughs since the original New York Cosmos played at Yankee Stadium and on Randall's Island during the 1970s and 1980s.
“For Jerome de Bontin, the Red Bulls general manager, the addition of a second New York franchise is the result of "the growing interest of soccer in North America," he said in a statement.
“League officials hope a rivalry between the two clubs will energize the area's fans, as has been the case in the Northwest, where grudge matches between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders are invariably sellouts.”