Express: Blues hunt Salvio
- 19 July 2013 08:32
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
After a few weeks of inactivity in the transfer market, the Press are suggesting City are about to go into overdrive as Manuel Pellegrini’s rebuilding plans shift into top gear.
Of course, at this stage, it’s merely rumour and supposition, but with Alvaro Negredo’s deal reportedly as good as done, the Press speculate that the Blues’ business is far from over.
Case in point is Ian Herbert in The Independent, a paper hardly renowned for filling their pages with sensationalistic folly.
Herbert reports a new name on City’s radar – a welcome relief after a summer of continually recurring names.
He writes: “Manchester City appeared to be continuing their ambitious summer acquisition programme last night, with Benfica's Argentinian right winger Eduardo Salvio the subject of a €30m (£25.8) bid from the club, according to several respected sources in Portugal.
“City have not yet responded to inquiries about the bid but Benfica are already understood to have begun the task of replacing the 23-year-old. The Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira Ferreira is understood to be asking €40m (£34.4m) though a compromise would appear likely.”
So add that name to the list!
If Salvio is new to City-related speculation, Stevan Jovetic is, by comparison, an old campaigner. If reports are to believed, he is also on the verge of becoming the second Montenegrin to play for City.
The Daily Express’ Ben Jefferson believes the Blues have won the race for a player who has been linked with a move to the Etihad for perhaps two years as he writes: “Fiorentina were reportedly insisting that any for the Montenegro forward Jovetic needed to be completed by Friday and City have now moved to beat out Chelsea to the player's signing.
“A statement published on Fiorentina's official Twitter account confirmed that a deal has been agreed. It said: ‘An agreement has been reached with Manchester City Football Club for the permanent sale of the player Stevan Jovetic."
If any of the above is true, can you really afford not to return to mcfc.co.uk on the hour every hour?
Any genuine deals will be officially announced here first – without exception.