Mail: Negredo set for Atleti?
- 25 June 2014 08:53
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Could Alvaro Negredo really be set to leave City after just one season?
The man the supporters have dubbed ‘The Beast’ forged a formidable partnership with Sergio Aguero in the first half of last season before injury and a dip in form saw him go without a goal for the final four months of the campaign.
Today’s Daily Mail, however, report Negredo has emerged as the prime target for La Liga champions Atletico Madrid following Diego Costa’s departure.
Simon Jones writes: “Atletico Madrid are maintaining an interest in Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo.
“The Spanish striker scored 23 goals for the Premier League club following his £20m move from Seville last summer. However, the 28-year-old is reportedly unhappy in England after struggling to settle in Manchester.
“Atletico could offer Negredo an escape route back to Spain and have money to spend with Diego Costa poised to sign for Chelsea. Diego Simeone will be keen to fill the void left by Costa as they bid to defend their La Liga title.”
With pre-season training now less than a fortnight away, thoughts are already turning to training camps and tours and up in Scotland, there is plenty of interest in the Blues’ first game of the summer.
The Evening Telegraph a large crowd is expected when City visit Dundee on 13 July with Tom Duthie writing: “Dundee are on course for a bumper crowd when English champions Manchester City visit Dens Park next month.
“Tickets for the home stands for the July 13 glamour friendly have been selling well. And the Manchester giants have informed the Dark Blues they expect a travelling support running into four figures to head north for the game.
“City will be based in St Andrews for over a week before the clash and England’s World Cup failure means stars like Joe Hart and James Milner will be joining the training camp at some point.
They are due back in this country today as the beleaguered English squad flew home from Brazil overnight
“Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko and Spanish midfielders David Silva and Jesus Navas (Jesus never travelled but we'll overlook that!) are also flying home early after their teams didn’t make it past the group stage.”
Bet that ‘beleaguered English squad’ line was easy to write for a Scotsman! Ticket details for Dundee are here....
Finally, Nigeria News suggest two promising African talents could be heading to the Etihad Stadium over the summer as they write: “Nigeria starlets Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali will be part of Manchester City’s pre-season training in the United States of America next month.
“Both Nigeria Under 20 stars have signed pre-contracts with the English Premier League champions and now have a chance to impress with the main squad in the USA.
“A top source informed AfricanFootball.com:’“The players are right now processing their visas and will be excused from the Flying Eagles’ training camp in Abuja at the end of this month to join City for the pre-season in the US.’
“Iheanacho will sign a professional contract with City in October, when he has clocked 18, while Nwakali will do same months later in December.
“Both players shone as Nigeria won a record fourth FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE in November.”
More rumour, gossip and opinion tomorrow.