City step up chase for Pepe - Independent
- 05 July 2013 08:44
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City are seeking to add European experience to the squad with Real Madrid defender Pepe, according to reports today.
The Independent claims that Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan of the Portuguese centre back, and is keen to attract more mature recruits who can make an immediate impact on City’s Champions League campaign.
Writes Ian Herbert: “City are unlikely to face great resistance from Real to the idea of them taking the Portuguese centre-back, who is already third choice at the Bernabeu, where there is expected to be a clear-out this summer. The 30-year-old's arrival, for a probable price of £15m, would pose new questions about the future of Joleon Lescott at City.”
Staying with a La Liga theme, reports yesterday claimed that Alvaro Negredo could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium, but Sevilla President, Jose Maria del Nido, has moved quickly to quash any suggestions that a bid has been made.
The Spanish striker has been linked with the Blues as a possible replacement for Carlos Tevez, and is also said to be attracting interest from Spurs.
Del Nido has been quoted in the Manchester Evening News as saying: “Sevilla have an asking price for Negredo and if they aren't met, he will play for Sevilla next season. Tomorrow he will sleep in Seville and then he will start training with the team again.
“There have been no offers from English football, not from City, not from Tottenham.”
Finally, Mathieu Flamini could be edging closer to a City deal after turning down a contract with his current employers, AC Milan – that one’s according to the Daily Star.
The 29-year-old will have fond memories of his time in England, where he lifted the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2005, and could now be ready to make a return to the Premier League.
Gary Jones reports: “The former Arsenal star's choice to turn down the contract extension could open the door to a move to Manchester City.
“Reports surfaced earlier in the month revealing Flamini was being eyed by the Premier League outfit, while Napoli and Inter Milan were both keeping tabs too.”
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