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Chelsea & Man City In £15m Battle to Sign Tough Tackling Serie A Youngster

by The Newshound

Obiang Sampdoria

Stamford Bridge & Etihad Stadium side scout young Spaniard.

Manchester City have entered the running to sign Spanish star Pedro Obiang.

The 20-year-old is rated one of the best young talents in Europe and has been earning rave reviews for Sampdoria in Serie B.

The talented midfielder, who is also known as Perico has attracted strong interest from Chelsea and Tottenham as well as a number of clubs in Italy including Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma.

Chelsea’s new interim coach Rafael Benitez is believed to be a big admirer of Obiang and could make a move to bring him to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

But Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been monitoring his progress and has even travelled to Italy to watch him in action.

City look the strong favourites to clinch his signature as they would be willing to offer around £15m which Sampdoria are looking for.


Though both Chelsea and Man City appear to have many central midfield options at present this has not reduced their interest in up and coming Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang.

The Serie A side may hope that the two Premier League big spenders could spark a bidding war for the 20 year old Spanish born midfielder though would clearly miss a player who greatly aided the Genoa based sides promotion back to Serie A last term.

The former Atletico Madrid youth team player left for Sampdoria four years ago and forced his way into the first team picture in September 2010 and has steadily impressed ever since. The rangy midfielder is tough in the tackle and a very clever distributor of the ball who has been compared to both Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure.

Chelsea have the likes of John Obi Mikel, Ramires and Oriol Romeu offering a similarly steely presence in the centre of their midfield and Man City can call upon Yaya Toure, before he departs for the African Nations Cup in January and February, Gareth Barry as well as summer signings Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell.

Given the numbers of player Obiang would have to overcome in both Premier League sides just to get into their starting elevens it may be more sensible for the young Sampdoria man to continue his footballing education at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris for a couple more years before considering a move to one of Europe’s ‘Elite’.

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