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EPL – Manchester City Transfers Update and U.S. Tour Schedule

EPL – Manchester City Transfers Update and U.S. Tour Schedule

Carlos Tevez of Manchester City celebrates with the FA Cup trophy lid on his head, but is linked with moves away from Eastlands this summer. PHOTO by Ben Queenborough ISIPhotos.com

Carlos Tevez of Manchester City celebrates with the FA Cup trophy lid on his head, but is linked with moves away from Eastlands this summer. PHOTO by Ben Queenborough ISIPhotos.com

By Tobias Robinson

UPDATEJuly 5, 2011 – City confirmed the signing of Gael Clichy after almost a week of speculation.  The Frenchman has signed a four year deal on a salary believed to be £90,000 a week ($144,000). He has been quick to make an impression with fans of his new club, repeating the claim that those fans living within Manchester support City (rather than arch rivals United). He also stated his aims for winning trophies, saying “anything is possible here”.

The club are not finished in the transfer market however, as news emerged that they are putting Montenegro international, Stefan Savic through a medical with a view to signing the 20 year old defender. Currently with Partizan Belgrade, Savic is due to become the second defensive signing in the space of a few days.

Both Clichy and Savic will be hoping to be part of the Manchester City tour of the US and Canada in mid-July;

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One star name who may not make the tour is the inspirational Carlos Tevez. After stating on Argentine television that he had no intention of returning to Manchester, Tevez has again reiterated his desire to leave.

City however, are prepared to play hard-ball and have named their price as £40m ($64m) for the striker. This fee, combined with Tevez’s wages, would make most clubs think twice, and City are confident that they can either keep their man, or get fair value for him if he is wanted elsewhere.

Tevez is contracted to City up until 2014, so the Eastlands club are under no pressure to sell and are more than happy to wait until an offer is made that meets their valuation. A rumour of a swap deal involving Samuel Eto’o from Inter Milan fell through, and coach Roberto Mancini is now preparing to keep Tevez.

UPDATE – July 4, 2011 – Manchester City are putting Arsenal’s Gael Clichy through a medical with a view to a permanent move. The French left back is out of contract next summer and has made it known he is willing to leave the Gunners in order to secure the contract he feels he is worth.

City are reported to have already held talks and agreed terms with Clichy and his advisors. There are also other rumours suggesting City are planning a double raid on their North London rivals – worth around £25m ($40m) in total, for both Clichy and compatriot Samir Nasri. Midfielder Nasri is in an identical position toClichy, having stalled over a new contract with his current deal expiring in 2012.

Roberto Mancini has suggested that the impending arrival of the FIFA Financial fair play rules (Where clubs cannot spend more than they generate) has slowed theManchesterclub in terms of spending. They are already saddled with high earning players who are surplus to requirements and they are in no rush to add to that list.

WayneBridge, Craig Bellamy and even Emmanuel Adebayor are now seen as drains on the finances, rather than high value assets. Mancini, or more specifically the club accountants, may wish to move on some of those players before embarking on any significant spending and adding further costs to the huge wage bill at Eastlands.

In chasing Clichy and Nasri however, City are signalling a shift in the EPL landscape, they are now targeting established England based players, already settled in the EPL and are happy to illustrate their ambition by stealing players away from Arsenal – it is a damaging snub for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal squad andManchesterCitywould be laying down a marker, effectively saying they are above the Gunners in the EPL pecking order.

UPDATE – June 16, 2011 – Manchester City have seen many of their leading players linked with moves away from Eastlands already this summer. The biggest being Carlos Tevez.

Tevez has stated in his homeland of Argentina, that he would “not be returning to Manchester – even on vacation” (View the interview here at the BBC website). Tevez was the stand-out performer for City during the last campaign, despite stories linking him with a move in January. His rant included some very negative remarks about the city, and some fans will be left feeling very bitter about his comments.

If Tevez were to leave, it would give manager Roberto Mancini a real headache. Money is not something that the cash-rich club are short of, so a huge transfer fee would be of little consolation for the Eastlands club.

The Argentine striker has of course, made a similar claim before, when he said he had “No love left for football” and he threatened to retire from the game all together. That little outburst earned him a lucrative new contract and one wonders if the same motivation exists here.

Other players looking to leave include Jerome Boateng and Shay Given. Boateng has apparently agreed terms over a dream move to German giants Bayern Munich, but City have yet to agree a fee or allow him to leave.

Shay Given endured a frustrating season on the bench for City in 2010/11. The form of Joe Hart ensured that Given saw very little game time, but he is still considered among the very best goalkeepers in the EPL. Many clubs would be keen to sign the international stopper, but he would need to swallow a drop in salary to secure first team football away from Eastlands. In a brief interview for Sky Sports, Given talks about a potential move to old firm giants, Celtic.

In terms of signings, City have been linked with numerous high profile players, including Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchezand even Cristiano Ronaldo, but as yet, no new faces have arrived and the sheer size of the squad has resulted in the inevitable problem that players who have not been starting regularly are now considering their options away from the FA Cup winning club.

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Gael Clichy –  The French left-back has been poached from Arsenal for a fee reported to be £7m ($11.2m). Having been understudy to Ashley Cole until 2006 (When Cole left for Chelsea), Clichy then became the starting left back and went on to make 266 appearances for the Gunners. The strict wage structure at Arsenal led Clichy to consider his options and he has signed a four year at Eastlands.

Stefan Savic – A Montenegro international at just 20, the Partizan Belgrade defender has joined the ranks of Manchester City and becomes the second defender to sign within a week. Despite his young age, Savic has already  played international football and has Champions League experience.

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Scott Kay – A product of Manchester City’s youth system, Kay was part of the 2008 FA Youth cup winning team. He spent last season as a regular in the reserve side but was unable to break into the first team squad. At 22, he has decided to move on and has joined Macclesfield in League 2.


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