Eastlands boss ready to beat Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge rivals to top starlet pair.
Manchester City were last night confident of clinching the signing of Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli as their summer spending rocketed towards the £100million mark.
City believe they have struck a £23m deal for the volatile 19-year-old, who is set to be reunited with his former Inter coach Roberto Mancini at Eastlands.
The club are banking on the City boss being able to tame Balotelli, the bad boy of Italian football who has attracted as many headlines for his behaviour off the pitch as on it since Mancini left the San Siro two years ago. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are in talks to sign Brazil’s £30million-rated World Cup star Ramires from Benfica.
City have turned their attention to midfielder Ramires after hitting a brick wall in their pursuit of Aston Villa and England’s James Milner.
Although City have not yet given up on Milner, boss Roberto Mancini is keen to sign Ramires following the 23-year-old’s impressive form for Brazil in South Africa, where he featured in four of their games.
Real Madrid, Chelsea and Fiorentina have also looked at Ramires, who joined Benfica from Brazilian side Cruzeiro last summer for £5m and immediately established himself as a formidable midfield threat. (Daily Mirror)
Having secured stellar signings David Silva and Yaya Toure and the highly rated up and coming German Jerome Boateng, it would be unwise for anyone to doubt Roberto Mancini’s ability to persuade big names to make the move to Eastlands.
As for the players themselves both Ramires and Balotelli offer a great deal of potential and both have proven to some degree what they can achieve at the highest level. One does wonder how the Eastlands manager will be able to keep everyone in his squad happy and even though there is a Europa League to fight for it is likely that those who do not get a Premier League spot will only be happy to sit things out for a short period of time.
For instance the Inter Milan attacker’s main grievance at the San Siro is not being given enough of a chance to prove himself so he would not be happy to swap one bench for another.
Ramires was a target of Chelsea’s but a deal was said to have failed when the west London side failed to reach an agreement on the youngster’s valuation. Mario Balotelli also seems certain to leave his current club after Rafa Benitez pretty much confirmed he would accept the right deal for the youngster.
These signings would of course take City’s spending to well past £100m and even though the club do not appear to have any financial worries whatsoever Roberto Mancini will surely look to offload some of his ever expanding squad rather than risk discord among those who have no chance of a first team berth.