Mirror: City braced for triple raid?
- 29 May 2014 07:51
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
According to the Mirror, City can expect sizeable bids for three integral members of the 2013/14 title-winning squad.
Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Aleksandar Kolarov are all said to be on the radar of a trio of wealthy European clubs this summer as the Press continue to speculate about who may or may not be at the Club next season.
The Mirror carry a hat-trick of stories this morning on the Blues with David Anderson reporting Real Madrid are considering a move for crowd idol Kun Aguero. He writes: “Real Madrid have confirmed they want Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.
“But president Florentino Perez claims they will wait before launching a £60million bid for the Argentina striker. Real are tracking Aguero because of doubts over Karim Benzema's future at the Bernabeu.
“The Champions League winners have also given up hope of prising Luis Suarez away from Liverpool and feel Aguero is a more realistic target.
“Real are prepared to wait until after the World Cup and Perez said: ‘We are not thinking about making a move for Aguero - at the moment. Right now, there is no real urgency to sign new players.’”
Don’t expect this thread to go away anytime soon, despite Sergio’s continued stance that he is very happy at City
Anderson also claims Aleks Kolarov is a wanted man with France one possible destination.
“Monaco want to lure Aleksandar Kolarov away from Manchester City,” he writes. “Kolarov is entering the final year of his City deal and the Blues have opened talks over a new contract to tie him to the Etihad.
“The Serbian international defender has yet to pledge his future to City and Monaco feel they may be able to tempt him to the principality.
“Kolarov, 28, has said he is happy at City, but the mega-rich French club have the cash to top any contract offer.”
The Mirror complete their triple City exit stories with Alex Richards picking up on alleged quotes by Yaya Toure.
He reports: “Toure has stated that he would give an interview after the World Cup to explain fully his take on the situation, but has now hinted at joining the French champions.
‘Given the goals of Paris, how could you not be interested in a club like that?’ said the former Barcelona man, speaking to France Football.
‘PSG have become one of the strongest teams in Europe. It would be an honour to one day play for a club like that - if I can be of service.’”
Moving swiftly on, the MEN have identified a quartet of possible incomings for the Blues.
Read Mike Keegan’s full story here, but he concludes with a player City have been linked with in the Press for the past several months.
“Another target is Roma centre half Mehdi Benatia,” he writes. “The Morocco international, 27, has enjoyed a superb season with the Giallorossi, but appeared to open the door for a move in an interview yesterday in which he accused the club of treating him like a child over the offer of a new contract.
‘Last summer, my agent advised me against signing for Roma,’ he said. ‘Their offer was a lot lower than other offers I had, and they weren’t playing in Europe. I signed anyway and I’ve never regretted it.
‘They had a project and I was attracted by the idea. [Director of sport Walter] Sabatini looked me in the eyes and thanked me. During the season, he kept telling me how happy he was with my attitude, saying we’d sit down again at the end of the season.
‘I’ve heard people saying I demanded four million euros [a season], but they didn’t even get close to offering me three. They said to me, ‘Here, you can have this little bit more,’ treating me like a child.’”
More gossip and rumour tomorrow…