Manchester City line up massive £55m spending spree
The summer transfer window has been relatively quite so far as far as Manchester City are concerned. This could all be about to change though as Roberto Mancini prepares to spend £55m to secure the services of two players.
Having only brought in Gael Clichy so far, City are ready to offer big money for Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o and Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated Sergio Aguero.
Originally there was talk of a swap deal for Eto’o involving want-away City skipper Carlos Tevez, but this appears to have been scrapped in favour of a straight £18m offer for the Cameroon striker, not involving any exchange.
Eto’o is reportedly keen to talk to the Premier league club having grown frustrated with contract discussions with Inter and is aware that City could match his wage demands.
As for Aguero, this deal looks a lot further away from being completed. While Eto’o is keen to talk to the club, Aguero is uncertain about where his future lies.
It could depend on the future of Tevez too. If City can get the £50m they want for the striker, it opens the door for them to make an offer for who they see as the perfect replacement.
There had been suggestion that City have already offered £36.5m for Aguero, but if they have, they are not making it public as yet. Regardless, they clearly want the player and will work hard at making something happen.
Never far away from the latest transfer news, City are also close to a deal for Arsenal’s Samir Nasri according to reports yesterday. It is thought the two clubs had come to an agreement of £23m for the Frenchman’s services.
Again though, nothing is concrete. However, it is certainly an exciting time for Manchester City as they are linked with three extremely talented players ahead of their first ever season in the Champions League.
The club have been quite in the first part of the summer with regards to transfers, but you get the feeling that between now and the start of the new campaign, City are going to dominate the spending across European football.