Carlos Tevez and Gael Clichy dominate the media coverage of Manchester City on 5 July 2011. - Manchester City FC

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Tevez pips Clichy in headline stakes

  • 05 July 2011 08:48
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

That buzzing sound you can hear is the sound of keyboards going into meltdown the world over in reflection of two big City-related stories breaking out.

We will have pleased football scribes by buying Gael Clichy after weeks of speculation, but the statement from Carlos Tevez leads, inevitably, to a huge number of headlines this morning.

There are literally dozens of versions of the same story to choose from, with Sky giving it to you straight with “Tevez seeks City departure". The Telegraph goes for the more cynical "Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez issues another transfer request", and Mark Ogden adds that we are already weighing up a replacement:

"It is understood that City will respond quickly to Tévez’s request by stepping up their pursuit of Sergio Agüero, the coveted Argentina forward at Atlético Madrid."

Our exclusive with new boy Gael Clichy has naturally been picked up by all and sundry, and again you'll see pretty much the same thing in many places.

We won't repeat what Gael told us - you'll already have read it and seen it on anyway - but the Independent's Ian Herbert has also been scrutinizing what we posted.

"City's website, which screened an interview with Clichy, pointed out that the arrival of the 25-year-old, who has 45 Champions League appearances under his belt but has scored only twice in his eight years in north London, presented a challenge to the current £16m left-back Aleksander Kolarov."

The return to pre-season training "ramps up" the transfer speculation, with Stoke said to be vying for Craig Bellamy's services along with Celtic, according to The Guardian among others. But Celtic's Joe Ledley would like to see Craig back at Parkhead and cites a memorable Manchester derby:

"Craig Bellamy would also be a great signing," said Ledley on the UTV web site.

"Craig has been here before and he enjoyed his time here. On his day he can be one of the greatest.

"I remember the derby game a couple of years ago away to Manchester United where he was totally fantastic for City."

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