Express: Pogba linked with £53m City switch
- 02 May 2014 07:16
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Who likes transfer gossip? Step right this way.
Friday’s newspapers are full of the stuff, with City being linked with a batch of European football’s biggest names.
Are the Blues about to embark on a mad trolley dash across the continent akin to some square-eyed, bedroom-bound, FUT-addled teen?
That’s according to Ben Jefferson of the newspaper.
“With Pogba reportedly demanding the Juve more than double his salary to say, City have made it known that they are prepared to make a massive offer to bring the 21-year-old back to England,” Jefferson argues.
“Indeed, City reportedly see Pogba as the long-term replacement for Yaya Toure in midfield and would like him to join sooner rather than later.
“Not only are Pogba's £3.6m salary demands (approximately £70,000-a-week) unlikely to be a problem, City are also willing to offer a number of other incentives to get the deal done.
“Not only are they willing to offer either Kolarov or Dzeko in addition to a £32m fee, they are also willing to write off the rest of what Juventus owe them for Carlos Tevez.
“It is thought that the total deal would amount to a value of £53m.”
More!? You want mooooore, boy!? Ok, try these two for size, courtesy of the Manchester Evening News…
From Simon Bajkowski: “Cesc Fabregas could be chased by BOTH Manchester sides this summer as his Barcelona future remains uncertain.
“United will face stiff competition from City according to reports in Spain.
“Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that Blues chief executive Txiki Begiristain is keen on the player .
“While Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta appears eager to keep Fabregas due to his Barca 'DNA', the article suggests a plan is afoot at the Etihad to bring the midfielder to City.”
And from Paul Handler: “Belgian player maker Eden Hazard has put United and City on alert by slamming Chelsea's style of football.
“Jose Mourinho's side crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night after a 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid.
“And afterwards Hazard, who was linked with City and United last summer, voiced his displeasure at his side's playing style.
"Chelsea aren't set up to play football," Hazard told beIN SPORTS' French station. "Chelsea are set up to counter-attack."
“City are known admirers of Hazard, who is in the class of player who would increase the Blues' Champions League chances - one of the club's primary targets.”
As ever, all confirmed transfers will be posted on mcfc.co.uk first this summer, when, and only when, the deals are done.
Enough of that and onto Saturday’s meeting with Everton.
QPR defender Richard Dunne has represented both the Toffees and City in his distinguished career, so you would have thought he would sit on the fence when asked who he wants to win the weekend’s game at Goodison Park.
Not so, as the four-time City Player of the Year wants the away side to be victorious, as he explained to the Manchester Evening News.
“I hope City win,” he said.
“City are still fighting for the league and I think that’ll be the deciding factor. City have more to play for.
“Everton have had a great season but, even though it is still mathematically possible, they look like they will miss out on Champions League spot.
“I had a great time at Everton as well but the way the season looks as though it will pan out, I don’t think they will get fourth. City still have a chance, so it will be great for them if they can win it.
“Yaya is one of the best players in the league and if he and Silva are both fit they will be the ones who cause the problems.
“Everton has always done well against City but, on this occasion, it’s just means so much to City and their fans that they will go and do it.”
He’s here, he’s there…
You know the words.