World speculates on Carlos Tevez replacement
- 27 June 2013 08:14
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Following confirmation of Carlos Tevez’s move to Juventus, it’s unsurprising that most of this morning’s City-centric headlines speculate on potential replacements for the Argentine.
Even before Carlitos made his way to Italy, City were heavily linked with Edinson Cavani but the names of Stefan Jovetic, Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski are also reportedly in the frame.
The Manchester Evening News throw a few lesser-touted names into the hat with the usual suspects in their feature on potential Tevez replacements, including Alvaro Negredo and Christian Benteke.
“Alvaro Negredo - Spanish striker who plundered 32 goals last season and has been a stellar performer for Sevilla for a number of years,” posits Paul Handler, “Now wants to ply his trade in the Champions League and City could offer that route. The 27-year-old has a good fitness record and is strong in the air.
“Christian Benteke - 19 goals for a struggling Aston Villa side was a remarkable effort. Explosive power and cool finishing characterise this striker who is physically a match for anyone. Vincent Kompany's team-mate for Belgium.”
Elsewhere, Hellas Verona midfield Jorginho is another new name linked with an Etihad Stadium switch this summer… on me, at least.
The Brazilian playmaker made 35 appearances for the Serie A outfit last season and has been linked with Milan in the past but now it’s believe he could be lined up for a move to Manchester – that’s according to Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.
“The 21-year-old has been linked with a summer move abroad due to his excellent performances for Verona,” so say Brother Perrin.
“Reports have surfaced in Italy indicating Chelsea and Manchester City have registered an interest in the starlet.
“However, it is thought that should Jorginho be brought to the Premier League, he would be loaned out again.”
Finally, the Independent reckon it’s game over in City’s pursuit of Malaga’s Isco.
“The club [City] are phlegmatic about the 21-year-old's apparent decision to opt for Real Madrid, despite the relationship he had developed with Pellegrini – his "footballing father"– who officially began work as Roberto Mancini's successor yesterday,” writes Ian Herbert.
“Since the pursuit of Isco was a by-product of the club turning to 59-year-old Pellegrini as manager, it is understood that director of football Txiki Begiristain will not go back into the market for an alternative purchase.”
"fleg...matik: Having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition."
...Dictionary definition of phlegmatic...
With 52 days remaining until the opening day of the Premier League season (yes, I counted), there are plenty of storylines that will run on and on and on and on… and ariston…
However, please do remember that the deals are only done when you see them on this ‘ere website.
Until then you can stay positively phlegmatic!