Roberto Mancini set to lose race for another potential Eastlands world beater.
Manchester City fear Real Madrid will hijack deal to buy Valencia forward David Silva
Manchester City are bracing themselves for Real Madrid to beat them to the signing of Valencia forward David Silva.
Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood are hoping to hold talks with Valencia after postponing plans to meet the Spanish club’s president, Manuel Llorente, last week.
Although preliminary discussions about Silva’s availability have taken place between the two clubs, City have yet to begin detailed negotiations with Valencia for the 24 year-old.
But senior figures at City have been made aware that Silva’s destination of choice, should he leave Valencia, is Real Madrid.
The Spain winger has also admitted that he is prepared to stay at Valencia for another season should it ease his path to the Bernabeu in 12 months’ time.
While City remain keen to speak to the player’s representatives, it is likely that the club will now focus their efforts on securing a post-World Cup deal for Aston Villa midfielder James Milner before reviewing their prospects of signing Silva. (Telegraph)
This may become a frequent occurrence unfortunately. Roberto Mancini is correctly looking for big names knowing that the club’s owners are more than happy to dig deep but the problem is that without Champions League football to offer it will be extremely hard to secure the services of Europe’s elite. This is not rocket science but merely the knock on effect of just how important the competition has become to everyone involved in the game.
Even trying to tie down a relatively small fry player like Jerome Boateng, a top notch prospect, is proving a tad harder than at first imagined. Sometimes shed loads of money are not enough. The Italian would be better off using this to his advantage by trying instead to build up his side in a gradual fashion rather than simply throwing money at the issue.
Looking to pick up players who are unhappy at under performing sides is the way to go for now. Once a top four place is clinched, and it really may not be that far away, then things can really start to get going at Eastlands.
That being said. There is a case for taking a good long hard look at the current crop of players in the club’s ever expanding squad before bringing in yet more internationals.