Express: City chasing Brazilian midfielder
- 12 August 2013 09:05
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
A few familiar names return to this morning’s media round-up as we edge closer to the conclusion of the transfer window.
After the capture of Fernandinho this summer, the Blues are said to be keen to add another Brazilian midfielder to the ranks in Anzhi’s Willian – if a report in the Daily Express is to be believed.
City are said to have moved quickly to secure the 24-year-old’s services ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea, but are likely to have to pay market price despite Anzhi’s desire to sell some star players.
Writes Ben Jefferson: “Reports in Brazil suggest City have already lodged a £35m bid in an attempt to beat out their Premier League rivals.
“And while Anzhi are thought to have rejected City's initial offer, according to ESPN Brazil it is only a matter of time before the Citizens come back with an improved offer.
“Willian cost Anzhi approximately £30m at the start of year and, despite their current difficulties, the club are not thought to be willing to part with any of their assets for below market value.”
Albion are said to have made an offer to take the winger on loan for the upcoming season, but City could hold out for a permanent move.
“Steve Clarke, the Albion manager, is keen to complete the signing of Sinclair before Saturday’s Premier League opener against Southampton and has made an offer to take the 24-year-old on loan with a view to a permanent £4million move next summer,” writes the paper’s John Percy.
“City have rejected the opening offer as Albion are not prepared to pay the £2 million loan fee while the clubs are also believed to be some way apart on funding Sinclair’s salary.
“Albion are expected to return with another proposal within 48 hours, with Clarke identifying the former Swansea wide man as a priority signing after failing to persuade Salomon Kalou to leave Lille.
“Manuel Pellegrini, the City manager, will allow Sinclair to leave the Etihad Stadium but is determined to recoup £6million and would ideally prefer a permanent deal.
“Clarke has moved to make a firm offer in an attempt to head off interest from rival Premier League clubs including Everton, Newcastle, Stoke, West Ham and their opponents this weekend.”
Finally, Real Madrid defender Pepe has been linked again and again (and again) with a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer, but speaking after his side’s 3-0 win over Inter Milan, the Portuguese said he was ready to fight for a starting berth at the Bernabeu.
Goal.com’s Cronan Yu reports: “Manchester City have also been credited with an interest in Pepe, 30, with Manuel Pellegrini keen to strengthen his back line. Pepe claims the thought of a transfer has not crossed his mind after praising new boss Ancelotti, though.
“‘I have signed a contract with Madrid, my future is an issue for the president,’ Pepe said. ‘I just train hard and try to give my best for the team. I am ready to fight for my place.’”
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