Blues could be set to bring yet another new face to Eastlands this summer.
Big-spending Manchester City have bid 30 million euros for Benfica wide man Eduardo Salvio, according to reports in the Independent.
The exciting Argentina international has only been with the Portuguese giants for just over a year now, having originally arrived at the Estadio da Luz from Liga outfit Atletico de Madrid for a club-record fee of 13.5m euros last July.
And the 23-year-old really caught the eye in his debut campaign in the Portuguese capital, playing a total of 51 matches overall in all competitions for Benfica, registering an impressive 13 goals and 10 assists along the way, including an equally outstanding 10 goals and eight assists in his 29 league outings for the club.
As a result, new City head coach Manuel Pellegrini wants to add Salvio’s name to the list of those players who have arrived at Eastlands this summer, with the Chilean having already landed the likes of Sevilla winger Jesus Navas and front man Alvaro Negredo and Shakhtar Donetsk midfield player Fernandinho in the summer transfer window.
However, if reports in the Portuguese press on Friday are to be believed, then Pellegrini’s close-season spending has not stopped yet, with Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira Ferreira said to be already preparing for Salvio’s exit by making plans to bring in a replacement for the right winger.