Press speculate on more La Liga links
- 29 June 2013 09:01
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Strikers from around Europe continue to be linked with the Blues, and this morning another player with La Liga experience is being added to the speculation.
The Daily Star suggests that Swansea’s Michu could be another name on City’s shortlist after the Spaniard enjoyed a sensational debut campaign at the Liberty Stadium – scoring 18 Premier League goals.
Before signing for the Swans, the 27-year-old had plied his trade exclusively in Spain, and reports suggest that could be key for new Blues boss, Manuel Pellegrini.
“Michu had spent his whole career in Spain, playing for Oviedo, Celta and Rayo Vallecano, before moving to the Premier League,” reports the paper’s Jack Wilson.
“And for the past nine years, Spain has been the base of new City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
“He enjoyed spells at Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga and knows the Spanish game - and its players - well.”
Another man with a La Liga background is returning to the City headlines this morning, with Real Madrid said to be standing firm over defender Pepe – according to the Daily Star again.
The Portuguese centre back has been at the Bernabeu since 2007.
Writes Jeremy Cross: “New City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign the Portugal star but has seen a £16m bid rejected.
“Real bosses are standing firm over the centre-back and have told Pellegrini to up his offer to £24m.
“Now the two clubs have reached a stand-off because City are not willing to meet the asking price for someone who is 30.”
The Serbian defender has been linked with Inter Milan and Juventus in recent weeks, and the 27-year-old has been quoted about his desire for a more regular place in the starting XI.
Kolarov made 20 league appearances for the Blues in the 2012/13 campaign, starting on 11 occasions.
James Dickenson writes: “While Kolarov claims he is happy at the Premier League side, he refused to close the door on a summer departure.
"‘I am happy at City but I want to play regularly, as I said to Roberto Mancini," he revealed.
"‘I'm in contact with my agent and soon we will understand what will happen. Money is not everything in life and I have no problem in revising my salary. Simply I want a place in the starting line-up.’”
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