City issued 'hands-off' in Vidal pursuit?
- 02 June 2013 08:22
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
According to reports, City have been told to forget any notions of signing Chilean midfielder Aturo Vidal.
The Juventus midfielder has been an integral member of the Juventus team which has won back-to-back titles but according to Paul Hetherington, he’s been priced out of the market this summer.
“City switched targets after becoming frustrated in their pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fernandinho,” Hetherington scribed.
“They were ready to pay £25m but the Ukraine club want £40m.
“Vidal, however, would be even more expensive after Juve rejected a £35m bid from Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
“The Turin club’s response to City’s approach amounts to a hands-off.”
Of course we’ll let you know any official transfer news first here on mcfc.co.uk.
Meanwhile in the same newspaper, it’s suggested that the Blues were also in the market for Neymar before the Brazilian put pen to paper for Barcelona.
“Brazil superstar Neymar has confirmed that he rejected signing for Manchester City and Chelsea because of the sacking culture in England,” the story reads.
“Both English clubs wanted Samba striker Neymar – but he has joined Barcelona.
“I wanted to join a club with stability,” he said. “I didn’t want to go to a club which changes the coach every season.’’
That’s Neymar who has had five different managers at Santos since City last changed boss…
Anyway, the man charged with keeping Neymar out of the goals tonight paid a visit to the favelas in Rio yesterday and admitted the visit had given him a new perspective.
Joe Hart also spoke about the season just past and admitted that things hadn’t quite worked out as he’d envisaged over the course of the campaign.
“It doesn’t always go to plan – as has been proven this year,” Hart told Jason Burt of the Telegraph.
“The year before was excellent. But we will come again harder next season. I have the same commitment and love for football and the same energy all the time.
I am tested every year, it’s not easy. It’s a hard game to play in but I love being a part of it and I keep going.”
“It’s not that all of a sudden the wheels came off. If something goes wrong and if everything goes right, you’ve not sussed it or cracked it. The beauty of it is that you set your standards that high, that if it doesn’t go quite so well it’s half a compliment for people to say your standards have dropped.
“Playing in goal is what I love doing. I was brought up playing in goal, brought up playing football and for all the bad times there are plenty of good, plenty of opportunities like this and I love doing it. As long as I keep getting a chance, I will keep doing it.”
We’ll bring you Twitter updates and a full match report on the game from the Maracana tonight which could feature up to four City players.