MANCHESTER CITY and Bolton are battling it out to land Sporting Lisbon’s Miguel Veloso.
The Portuguese midfielder, 23, has an agreement with Sporting he can leave for a fee of around £15million and has his heart set on a move to the Premier League.
Bolton boss Gary Megson has been a long-term admirer but City’s financial power is likely to be too much for Veloso to resist. (The Sun)
Now if you were the defensive midfielder and had a choice of either club, where would you go? Now before you make a rash decision take into account that Mark Hughes has a few defensive midfielders of note already in the likes of Vincent Kompany (who can also fill in at centre back) and Nigel de Jong so could well leave the Sporting Lisbon man 100% sure of a regular first team spot.
Or he could join Bolton where he would of course be a big fish in a smaller pond but would at least being relatively secure of being one of the first names on the starting eleven team sheet.
Then of course you have to factor in that Veloso will probably be offered an obscene amount of money that Gary Megson can’t even begin to cope with and this is of course the way the Eastlands outfit manages to tempt medium sized signings to the club.
Unless Miguel has some unknown desire to play under Megson’s leadership this could be the shortest bidding war in football history.