Roberto Mancini has some clever ways to spend Eastlands limitless supply of cash!
Reports in the Spanish press suggest that Manchester City are planning a summer raid on Real Madrid, with Argentine pair Gonzalo Higuain and Fernando Gago in their sights.
Marca claim that the cash-laden English side will offer €50m for the duo, who cost los Blancos a combined €33.5m in 2006.
It is not the first time that Manchester City have looked to Gago to strengthen their midfield, as they were negotiating with los Merengues for the former Boca Juniors man during the winter transfer window.
Real Madrid’s insistence on a €25m fee held up the deal, however, and there was not enough time remaining in the window to conclude the transaction by the time the clubs agreed an €18m sum.
Roberto Mancini suggested that they had not given up the chase though, telling The Guardian that “Gago is a good player for Real Madrid, a fantastic player and we may move for him again in the summer.”
Higuain poses a different problem for Blancos president Florentino Perez. ‘Pipita’ is currently one of the lowest earners at the Santiago Bernabeu as he makes around €1.6m per season, while recent contract negotiations have stalled.
The striker promised to earn his new deal on the pitch, but he was heavily criticised for his performance in the Spanish side’s fateful 1-1 draw against Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League which eliminated Madrid from the competition.
The fact that he was not brought in under the Perez regime and the club’s rumoured desire to bring in Wayne Rooney could mean that the door is open for a transfer. (Goal.com)
Roberto Mancini is apparently ready to go all out in the summer to bring new additions to Eastlands in an effort to make the Manchester City more a reflection of what he wants to select from as opposed to dealing with those previous bosses have brought in and with that in mind he is hoping to persuade to disaffected Real Madrid men to move to the Premier League big spenders.
Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly been in a running battle with Cristiano Ronaldo ever since the Portuguese international arrived at the Bernabeu and the rift has gotten to the stage where one of the two will have to leave and clearly the Argentine striker is more likely to be forced out, even though he is the clubs top La Liga scorer this term.
Man City may still have their work out persuading Higuain to join them and may instead prefer a move within Spain itself and perhaps a shock switch to Barcelona? One player more likely to be interested in a move to the UK is Fernando Gago who’s career at the La Liga giants is stagnating and the defensive midfielder would be a top notch addition to Mancini’s squad and could be purchased fairly cheaply this summer as Real look to cut costs and trim their rapidly expanding squad.