Garry Cook has flown to Abu Dhabi.
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Garry Cook, the Manchester City chief executive, has flown to Abu Dhabi to deliver a progress report to the club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, and set in place their spending plans for what promises to be another extensive period of business in the January transfer window.
Edin Dzeko, the prolific Wolfsburg striker, is the principal target, though City know from experience that the Bundesliga club can be difficult negotiators. The clubs spent most of the summer haggling over a fee for the Bosnia international before City walked away from the deal because of the disparity in what they were willing to pay, around £25m to £30m, and Wolfsburg’s valuation of £45m.
Cook is meeting the club’s chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, and their agenda will also include how to trim the squad of some of Roberto Mancini’s fringe players, part of the effort to reduce the wage bill in line with Uefa’s fair-play regulations. (The Guardian)
It is almost guaranteed that Manchester City will spend in every transfer window.
It would seem that their highest priority right now is a goalscorer.
Man City currently have a goal difference of +5 in comparison to Chelsea’s +23. That is a dramatic difference, so for the sake of fairness, top four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United have +13 and +11 respectively.
What this doesn’t reveal though is that although Manchester City have a mean defence, which concedes on average less than a goal a game, their defensive play is seemingly all that is costing them a genuine title threat.
As illustration of this, Manchester City have had the third least shots in the Premier League. Only Blackburn and Wolves have had less strikes on goal, which is why support for Tevez up front is so desperately needed.
Edin Dzeko was marked as the man for the job some time ago, but it is unsurprising that even Manchester City have baulked at the £45m valuation.
VfL Wolfsburg have been reluctant to sell their target man, who has again been in exceptional goalscoring form this season, and the striker himself seemed to distance himself from a departure this morning.
“I am not a guy to give people stress,” Dzeko told Eurosport.
“After the club made the decision [not to allow a move] I have been getting back to fully focusing on VfL Wolfsburg and the season ahead. I just wanted to score my goals.
“It is not that difficult to stay, you also need to show you are a strong character.
“At this point in time I feel no use in thinking about a transfer away from my club.”