Star: Dzeko tops Valencia's transfer wishlist?
- 22 May 2014 07:41
- Posted by@NieldyMCFC
Another day, another host of rumours about City adorn the pixelated and paper pages of the media.
It’s been barely a week since the conclusion of the 2013/14 season which saw the Blues crowned Premier League champions for the second time in three seasons. You’d think the media machine would take a breather, wouldn’t you? Think again!
City’s brilliant Bosnian Edin Dzeko reportedly heads Valencia’s summer transfer wishlist. The Spanish club who have recently been taken over by Singapore businessman Peter Lim are looking to flex their newly-found muscle in the transfer market this summer according to Paul Brown in the Daily Star:
“The City striker is entering the final year of his contract and has yet to be offered a new one by the Premier League champions.
“The Spanish club are planning to make a huge splash in the transfer market once their debts are wiped out by Lim.
“He sees Dzeko, 28, as a key part of his rebuilding programme and is ready to test City's resolve with a bid which could rise to around £25m with add-ons.
“Valencia believe he could be tempted away by the lure of regular first-team football (ed – Edin made appearances in all but 9 games in all competitions last season!) and are willing to offer him a pay rise to get the deal done.
“Dzeko is one of six City players whose futures are unclear because their contracts expire next summer.
“It is understood he will be offered a new two-year deal to stay. But Valencia are willing to offer him a four-year contract.
“Whether Dzeko would be willing to give up Champions League football for a team which finished eighth in La Liga remains to be seen.”
Elsewhere, there’s a number of suitors who wish to acquire the services of Joleon Lescott. The England defender’s deal at City expires this summer and the 31 year old has already made clear his intentions of leaving. The Mirror’s Bill Cooper weighs up his options:
“But Lescott, 31, wants to stay in the domestic top flight – and is prepared to halve his wages to make himself more affordable.
“The Birmingham-born defender sees his £90,000-a-week deal with the newly-crowned champions officially come to an end next month.
“He is wanted by Aston Villa, who he supported as a boy, West Ham and Hull – but his huge Etihad salary threatened to put him beyond their reach.
“But, with no fee involved and Lescott’s willingness to take a drop in earnings, he is now a viable proposition for the top-flight trio.”
The Yaya Toure episode which has been rumbling on for three days is now showing the signs of developing into a saga. The latest round of reports state that City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain is planning on holding ‘peace talks’ with the reportedly troubled Ivorian before the World Cup gets under way.
The Mail’s Chris Wheeler takes up the story:
“Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk attracted widespread ridicule on Tuesday by claiming that the player could quit City this summer because he felt the new Premier League champions and their owner Sheik Mansour did not make enough of an effort to celebrate his 31st birthday during a post-season trip to Abu Dhabi last week.
“There are concerns that Seluk is trying to engineer a return to Barcelona for his client, who left the Nou Camp in a £24million deal in 2010 and has since established himself as one of City’s best players, as well as one of the best paid.
“It is understood that City will counter accusations by Seluk that they have treated Toure ‘like a nobody’ and showed him no respect by reminding the player how he was given a lucrative new deal last year after more bizarre claims that he wanted to leave because there were not enough shirts bearing his name on sale in the club shop.”
More tomorrow, I’m sure!