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Eastlands boss makes a move for trio of upcoming talent.
Mancini said Benfica’s Angel di Maria has caught his eye and City are also eager to have a deal agreed to sign the 21-year-old German phenomenon Mesut Ozil before the World Cup finals as competition heats up in English football for the player considered to be one of the major catches of the summer transfer window. City are understood to have had preliminary talks with Werder Bremen about the German national of Turkish descent who they regard as the ideal player to fill their left-sided role next season, with Martin Petrov and Craig Bellamy likely to leave.
The concern for City will be that Torres does not use them as a way of drawing a better offer from elsewhere in Europe. A host of other clubs – including both Barcelona and Inter – are likely to be interested if Torres is ready to move.
The Torres situation is rendered more fluid by the uncertainty surrounding Rafael Benitez’s future, while Mancini’s future seems more secure. New details emerged yesterday of the lengths that Benitez’s agent Manuel Garcia Quillon has gone to, to have a detailed agreement in place with Juventus should he or Liverpool decide his future lies elsewhere this summer and these add to the insecurity the player will feel, though Mancini feels that could work for or against his club. “I think if Benitez goes to Juventus, Benitez will get one, two or three players of his own,” he said. City are close to completing an £11m deal to bring the Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng to the club. (Telegraph)
So it seems whilst a great many ridiculous rumours have circulated about players well out of reach of Man City (at present at least), this trio are well and truly possible purchased for the Eastlands side and are very able players who could help push Mancini’s side nearer the upper echelons of the Premier League.
Angel Di Maria a good quality player but the inflated price that Benfica have placed on the Argentine, said to be as much as £35m, may end up curtailing any potential move, which may or may not be what the Portuguese side is trying to achieve.
Jerome Boateng should help strengthen a defence that is stil leaking more goals than they would like but perhaps the jewel in the crown of summer moves would be German starlet Mesut Ozil who should make it into Joachim Loew’s World Cup squad. The Werder Bremen attacking midfielder/winger has only a year left to run on his current contract so could be lured to Man City on the cheap.