Mirror: City to fight Arsenal for Fabregas
- 02 June 2014 07:56
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
As expected, there has been much reaction this weekend to Vicente del Bosque’s decision not to include Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo in his squad for Brazil.
The Spanish duo, who collected their first Premier League medal just weeks ago, both missed out when the 23 man list was revealed on Saturday.
Navas, who missed City’s last five games of the season with an ankle injury, took to Twitter to share his thoughts on his surprise omission.
"I'm proud to have recovered in time and to have fought for a spot in Brazil," he said.
"I wish my team-mates and the boss luck in retaining the title."
Meanwhile, football website Squawka.com takes an interesting look at exactly why La Roja may miss the winger in Brazil.
“Del Bosque’s decision to drop the injured Jesus Navas from his final squad rather than take the winger and wait on his fitness raised more than a few eyebrows,” writes Greg Johnson.
“The Manchester City wide man’s current ailment isn’t thought to be serious enough to rule him out of the tournament, and given his importance to Spain as a game-changing substitution in recent years, taking him to Brazil in the hope of utilising him in the latter stages seemed a risk worth taking.
“In a generation bursting with attacking midfielders and playmakers, Navas is one of the very few players able to provide some natural raw pace and width to del Bosque’s side, who are prone to becoming too narrow and dulled without the speed and movement to stretch and get behind teams.”
Away from the international stage, The Mirror suggests City have emerged as Arsenal’s biggest rival for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas.
"Barcelona are prepared to sell their Spain international for £30million and he is set to return to the Premier League,” writes the paper’s John Cross.
The midfielder appeals to City as he would boost their quota of home-grown players, qualifying for that category as he was developed at Arsenal.
“City are understood to be at the front of the queue of interested clubs, which could also include Liverpool. But Manchester United have gone cold on him now Louis van Gaal is in charge.
“He has always said he wants to return to Arsenal and has a close relationship with boss Arsene Wenger. But the problem for Wenger is his priority is a defensive midfielder. But if City do bid on Fabregas then Arsenal may make a move feeling it is too good an opportunity to pass up.”
“Portuguese newspaper Diario de Notícias claims the Blues have finally landed the anchorman for a fee between £12-16million,” the paper claims.
“City initially tried to sign the 26-year-old as part of a double-deal with defender Eliaquim Mangala back in January, but after failing to agree a fee with Porto, City have come back this summer to conclude a straight deal for Fernando.
“The Brazilian-born midfielder is expected to fly into Manchester in the coming days to put pen to paper on the move.”
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