Mirror: City's bid for Benatia rejected
- 31 May 2014 08:58
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
There are plenty of City-related stories flying around in the media today. Here are the main headlines...
Let's start with the Mirror, who believe the Blues' offer for Roma centre-half Mehdi Benatia has been turned down by the Italian club.
Reveals David Anderson: "Sky Sport Italia claim Roma rejected City's bid of between £16.2million and £17.9million for Benatia.
"Benatia features prominently on City's summer shopping list as they seek to strengthen the heart of their defence.
"The Moroccan international is unsettled at Roma and is unhappy with the terms on offer from the club for a new deal.
"Chelsea have also been linked with Benatia and Roma are determined to hang on to their star defender."
According to Richard Tanner, the Blues have warned all interested parties - including Real Madrid - that they would have to break the world record to stand any chance of luring the striker away from the Etihad Stadium.
Tanner suggests: "After Real's 10th Champions League triumph in Lisbon last weekend, their president refused to rule out a summer move for Aguero.
"But with France striker Karim Benzema's future at the Bernabeu unclear, and Luis Suarez insisting he is happy at Liverpool now they have secured Champions League football, Real could make a move for Argentina striker Aguero to improve their fire power.
"Aguero, who joined City from Real's Madrid rivals Atletico three years ago, has three more years on his contract and club sources insists they are not interested in selling a player who finished as their leading scorer despite missing half the season with various injuries."
Quoted in the article, a City insider allegedly stated: "We would have to be offered a staggering sum - similar to the £85m Real paid for Gareth Bale last summer - for us to even entertain thoughts of selling Sergio. He is that valuable to us."
He certainly is.
Elsewhere, after it was reported in yesterday's media round-up that Alvaro Negredo was a proposed target for Atletico Madrid, today the Manchester Evening News claim City have no intention of letting the Spaniard go.
Writes Mike Keegan: "City officials have poured cold water on reports the Spanish targetman is to return to his home country this summer.
"The Beast has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, with the Champions League finalists set to lose Diego Costa to the Blues’ title rivals Chelsea during the transfer window.
"Reports on the Continent claim Atletico, who stunned Barcelona and Real Madrid to lift the La Liga crown, want the 28-year-old back in Spain after just one season at the Etihad Stadium.
"But M.E.N. Sport understands City will NOT listen to offers for the big man and are adamant he is going nowhere."
And finally, the same paper also warns of travel disruption for City fans ahead of the Community Shield clash at Wembley in August, after it was revealed the main train line to the capital will be closed.
"The Premiership champions are due to take on Arsenal in the season curtain raiser - the Community Shield - at the national stadium on Sunday, August 10," states Chris Slater.
"However, it has now emerged there are no direct train services from Manchester to London over that weekend due to track maintenance work.
"The closure between Watford and Euston is part of an £81m project and is said to have been planned months ago. But it will cause headaches for the estimated 30,000 fans set to travel that weekend.
"It leaves supporters travelling from Manchester having to go via Birmingham, Sheffield or other major cities, DOUBLING their journey time from the normal two hours to more than four.
"Blues fans are being encouraged to take the coach with stadium bosses saying there are more than enough parking spaces outside the ground for extra buses."
That's all for today. Check back to mcfc.co.uk at the same time tomorrow for another round-up of City-related media speculation!