Etihad Stadium boss set to spend big on deadline day.
Manchester City are aiming to complete the signing of Inter Milan defender Maicon and Benfica’s Javi Garcia before the transfer deadline.
Brazil’s Maicon, 31, is available for around £5m and boss Roberto Mancini wants him as cover for Pablo Zabaleta.
The £24m-rated Garcia has become a possible new target after Mancini’s main midfield target.
Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic is also set to sign for City on Friday.
The Serbian teenager will cost the Premier League champions around £12m – with Stefan Savic going in the opposite direction to Italy.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Man City boss Roberto Mancini has been publicly stating his desperation to spend money to improve his expansive Etihad Stadium squad for a couple of weeks and it appears that the Italian is set to finally get his wish as he bears down on three possible new signings on transfer deadline day.
Mancini has turned to Benfica enforcer Javi Garcia after failing to lure Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi to the club and this source states it will cost around £24m to snap up the Spaniard, who has seen his career resurrected in Lisbon having failed to make the grade at Real Madrid.
Though Man City have the likes of Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure and Nigel de Jong, Mancini appears to want to sign a central midfielder who can add extra bite to his side, perhaps this is in lieu of Toure’s likely involvement in the African Nations Cup in South Africa in January and February.
Roberto Mancini is looking to reunite with his former Inter Milan charge Maicon, a player he may feel could offer Man City more quality in the right-back position. This is despite the fact that the Man City boss has accomplished options like Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards to call upon.
The Brazilian has just about won it all with Inter Milan and may be ready for a new challenge after his Serie A side hit a lean spell over the past couple of years.
Mancini’s third target is less of a household name, Matija Nastasic is a talented teenage Serbian international who impressed in his first season at Fiorentina last term and could be seen as a player who can boost the Man City defence this summer.
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