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France's Yoann Gourcuff elbows South Africa's MacBeth Sibaya and gets sent off..FIFA World Cup 2010 Group A..France v South Africa..22nd June, 2010.(Credit Image:   David Klein/Sportimage/Cal Sport Media.

Yoann Gourcuff ‘set for £22m Manchester City transfer’
Yoann Gourcuff is likely to join Manchester City after the expected interest from Arsenal failed to materialise, according to a report.

The France midfielder has been linked with a move away from Bordeaux all summer, with Arsenal and Lyon said to be leading the chase for his signature.

Both clubs were deterred by the £22 million release clause in the 24-year-old’s contract and, according to the Mirror, Manchester City are ready to take advantage of the situation.
The fee is no problem for big-spending City and they are confident of securing Gourcuff’s signature.
A move to England would give Gourcuff the chance to rebuild his reputation following France’s World Cup debacle. He was involved in the infamous players’ strike and then picked up a red card in the 2-1 defeat to South Africa.
It had been thought that opportunity would come at Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of the former Rennes and AC Milan midfielder.
However, with the Gunners deciding to resist all attempts by Barcelona to sign Cesc Fabregas, Wenger saw no reason to follow up his interest with a big-money bid. (The Metro)

If indeed Manchester City do complete such a move they will of course be taking their spending this summer to something like a billion pounds (deliberate exaggeration and not poor maths), but if you have the cash then why not. Yoann Gourcuff’s career was resurrected by a loan move to Bordeaux which then led to a permanent deal that brought an end to his AC Milan nightmare.

Roberto Mancini could well do with an extra burst of creativity in his midfield having brought in a number of enforcers such as Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure and the 24 year old French international could well be keen on a move to the Premier League.

Clearly the Eastlands club will have to figure out a way to accommodate all their big name stars and will also have to trim some of their squad given the new 25 player squad limit rules. Expect a number of City players to be on their way out sooner rather than later.

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