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Manchester City Set to Land Impressive £14m Midfield Pair: Two Players With Great Potential

Roberto Mancini lines up moves to bring in two talented internationals to Eastlands.

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Sports News - February 18, 2009

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed his interest in AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini and Fernando Gago of Real Madrid.

Flamini was strongly linked with a loan switch to Eastlands earlier in the week but the Serie A side claimed they were yet to receive an official offer.

The former Arsenal player has slipped down the pecking order under coach Leonardo and is keen to feature regularly in the coming months to ensure he features in France’s World Cup squad.

Although primarily a defensive midfielder, Flamini has also been operating at right-back for the San Siro side and could be brought in by City to bolster their backline.

Real’s Argentina international midfielder Gagohas found regular action limited with the Spanish giants and has been linked with a January switch.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini insisted earlier this month that he did not want to see the 23-year-old move on and believes he can make a contribution to the Santiago Bernabeu cause. (Sky Sports)

Noting that Manchester City could need some beefing up in the midfield department Roberto Mancini has outlined moves for two very talented players who are failing to break into their respective sides and these could be moves that could bear fruit.

Whilst many were angered, quite rightly, by the way Mathieu Flamini treated Arsenal there is no doubt he is a quality player but he failed to prove himself worthy of a regular run in the first team under Carlo Ancelotti and appears to have similar problems convincing Leonardo. If Manchester City can snap up the Frenchman on a loan deal that would work well as it would give the player a platform to prove himself and help push the Eastlands side towards that coveted Champions League spot. He is reportedly available for a fee of around £9m if Manchester City do indeed intend on making any such deal a permanent one.

Fernando Gago arrived at the Bernabeu with a bang and helped Real Madrid to back to back La Liga titles in his first two seasons at the club but he has failed to get a place in the line up thanks to the introduction of the new Galaticos and he is reportedly unhappy with life at the club and would jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League. The Argentine international is a different kind of player to Flamini in that he doesn’t push forwards as much as the AC Milan man but both players have enough potential to really make an impact and therefore would prove to be a very good investment.

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