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Real Madrid duo set for City in swap deal?

  • 31 May 2013 08:18
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

Today’s reports suggest an audacious two for one exchange with Real Madrid could be on the cards.

According to reports in Spain, Real have enquired as to the availability of Carlos Tevez and could be willing to swap Angel Di Maria and Pepe for the Buenos Aires-born hitman.

Marca believes that Madrid’s preference was for a cash deal but that City have apparently countered by asking about their pacey Argentine winger and Portuguese defender.

You can read the full story by Paul Heffer on the Daily Star website, though there are no quotes.

Meanwhile, Stateside news outlet NBC Sports suggest that Gareth Barry could be set to agree a new two-year contract at City, providing he agrees to a year with new MLS outfit New York City FC.


New York City FC will become Major League Soccer’s 20th expansion team in 2015 and it’s believed that the England midfielder could be the first marquee signing to land with the Big Apple’s newest outfit.

“Barry mentioned he enjoyed his time in New York after City’s exhibition at Yankee Stadium against Chelsea,” writes Kyle Bonn on the Pro Soccer section of the website.

Barry said: “The match in New York was a great spectacle and the supporters turned out in great numbers again,” said Barry after scoring in the 5-3 win over Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

“It was about something other than the result. We’ve had a great few days.”

“It [NYC FC] is a massive step for Manchester City to get involved with a club in MLS." 

...Gareth Barry...

"Nothing like that has been done before. It’s exciting times for the club.”

Finally, talk of a move for Cesc Fabregas has picked up momentum with yet more column inches dedicated to the speculation today.

The former Arsenal ace has enjoyed mixed fortunes since his big money move to Barcelona and could be ready to make a return to the English game – so says James Dickenson of the Express.

“Manchester United face competition from local rivals City in their attempts to bring Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas back to England this summer,” writes Dickenson.

“Manchester City have been alerted to the availability of former Arsenal captain Fabregas, as Manchester United boss David Moyes made the Spaniard his top transfer target.

“Incoming Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed yesterday he has a 'verbal agreement' in place to take charge at the Etihad Stadium, and is also keen to sign the La Liga star.”

Of course you can expect any confirmed contract renewals and transfer stories first here on mcfc.co.uk over the course of this summer.

Just hang on to your hats until then…

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