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MEN: City eyeing Barcelona's Pedro

  • 26 May 2014 07:53
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Transfer speculation makes the world go round… at least in the summer months.

Although City aren’t taking up much space on the back pages this morning, there are a few snippets of interest to be found, and for the second day in a row we start with a Barcelona player.

The question is, can the Blues be linked with an entire starting XI before the end of the transfer window?

Well, add Pedro to yesterday’s reports about Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish international is reportedly unhappy at the Nou Camp – and the MEN suggests City could swoop in.

The report reads: “Barcelona  midfielder Pedro has put Manchester City on alert by revealing he doesn't know if he'll be at the club next season.

“Pedro was left out of the starting line-up for the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid in April.

“And he didn't start any of the four games against City and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League knock-out rounds.

“Pedro said: ‘I don't know. I am very happy in the club, but I don't know what the future holds for me. Now I'm only thinking about the World Cup.

"‘I’d have preferred to play more, especially in the big games, where I perhaps had less participation.’"

The rest of today’s snippets concern some rather familiar names for regular readers of the round-up as the stories continue to rumble on (and on).

Bacary Sagna has popped up again, with the Mirror translating a report in France claiming the defender is seeking to complete a move to the Etihad Stadium before the start of the World Cup.

(17 including today for those of us counting, by the way).

Reports Danny McCann: “French football website Telefoot claim Sagna  will decide his future in the coming weeks, suggesting his move to Manchester City could soon become official.

“The right-back is reportedly due to join the Premier League champions on a three-year deal worth around £120,000-a-week.

“Sagna is hopeful that his move will be completed before he plays for Les Bleus in the World Cup.

“He will be a free transfer from Arsenal after he rejected offers to remain with Arsene Wenger's men.”

From one familiar defensive name to another, and we welcome Mehdi Benatia back to the media round-up.

The Roma defender is said to be a target for the Blues, but reports in Italy suggest the price could be set as high as €40m. 

Website Forza Italian Football explains: “Il Tempo report that a meeting was recently held between the player’s agent and the club regarding his future, with the club reluctant to sell, and unwilling to accept the request to extend the player's contract until 2019 at double his current wages, meaning a parting of the ways could be possible.

“The Giallorossi would apparently demand €40m for the player although they may accept a offer in the region of €35m, with Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Monaco all admirers of the player.”

Of course, this is all just paper talk, and nothing is confirmed until you read it on mcfc.co.uk!

See you tomorrow for more of the same…

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