Manchester City battle Manchester United to sign France star

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Nicolas Anelka has commanded over £50m in transfer fees during his career and it appears that the top Premier League clubs (and Man City!) are ready to break the bank once again to sign the Bolton striker. The Guardian today report that Man City are looking to boost their flagging strikeforce by bringing the Frenchman back to the club for his second spell.

With about £30m to spend, Eriksson wants to bring in three new signings. Mark Bresciano, the Australia international who nearly joined the club from Palermo in August, is still in Eriksson’s thoughts but his priority will be bringing Anelka to City for a second time.

No wonder it’s a priority when you consider that Man City’s strikers have managed just three goals between them in the league this season (Mpenza has two, Bianchi has one). It’s testament to the goalscoring ability of Petrov, Elano, Ireland and Johnson that the Citizens find themselves in the upper reaches of the Premier League.

However, will Anelka instead want to play in the Champions League? It’s also rumoured that Man United and Chelsea are sniffing around the 28-year-old whom Bolton will not want to relinquish without a fight. United’s over-reliance on Rooney and Ronaldo for goals, along with Drogba departing for the African Nations Cup means there could be an interesting bidding war for the former Arsenal, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain, Liverpool and Fenerbahce striker!

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