Here’s today’s lump of rubbish from the media surrounding the blues.
The Telegraph continues with the James Milner story, with Roberto Mancini pondering an improved offer for the midfielder. The paper claims Villa will offer Milner a new contract and the player himself wants his future sorted before the World Cup. £24m is the suggested price, although this figure was banded about earlier in the week before City made their move.
Unsurprisingly, Daily Mirror have a different story. The tabloid claim the blues will make a £30m bid for the England man after the £20m bid was rejected, but the Sun claim it will not be enough to take Milner to Eastlands as Chelsea are set to enter the race and the midfielder will prefer Champions League football to the Europa League.
Goal.com throw another name as being linked with the blues, this time Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because he used to be a United player before he moved to Villarreal. The 23 year old has also been linked to Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Juventus.
City’s other feeder club Everton feature today, with Mikel Arteta apparently on City’s radar. The Liverpool Post claims the midfielder is high on Mancini’s shopping list, but then again, who isn’t these days?
That would be an interesting move, considering the bad blood between the two clubs following last summer’s relentless pursuit of Joleon Lescott and Mancini’s touchline bust up with David Moyes when the two teams met at Eastlands in March.
Football Italia claim the blues have made an offer for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani. The youngster, who plays for Palermo, is supposedly one of the hottest properties in the game at the moment and the club claim that City and a ‘couple of Russian sides’ have come forward.
Several sources state Robinho wants to stay at Santos. The Brazilian moved to his former club on loan in January and has now mentioned several times that he wants to remain there.
Talking of Brazilian’s, Sport.co.uk claim Ronaldinho is unsure of his future at AC Milan and his comments have ‘alerted city’ to his availability. The former World Player of the Year has been continually linked with a move to the blues but opted to move to Milan instead of Manchester two years ago. A figure of £10m is being touted as the price the blues would have to pay should they want the 30 year old.
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