Manchester City in hot pursuit of striker Aguero
Sunday 24 July 2011
It still looks like being all change up front as well as in midfield at Manchester City, even though Carlos Tevez's move to Brazil has fallen through.
City are expected to sell Tevez before the end of the month but the striker is considering his options after his £40 million move to Corinthians collapsed last week, apparently because the Brazilian club could not come up with the money.
Tevez was spotted chatting with Marco Branca, an Internazionale official responsible for player transfers, while on holiday in Sardinia this week, but it was played down asa "coincidence".
That would normally be difficult to believe, but the Argentinian's stated reason for leaving City is that he wants to play in South America, so a move to Italy would seriously undermine that argument.
The player's agent, Kia Joorabchian, said they were not "overly worried" by Tevez's move to the Brazilian side falling through, and he still fully anticipates the striker moving before the new Premier League season starts in three weeks' time.
Tottenham are continuing to express an interest in taking City's Emmanuel Adebayor on loan, if they can come to arrangement on his £170,000-a-week wages, after his return from Real Madrid on a similar deal. City, though, may prefer a transfer after leaving the Togo international behind to train with the youth squad when they went off to the US.
City are still trying hard to secure the £38m striker Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid, and Roberto Mancini, the manager, is also holding out hope of working out a £23m deal with Arsenal for the midfielder Sami Nasri, although he has admitted "the problem is that all the good clubs want these players". The Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi also remains a top target.
Cesc Fabregas is expected finally to return to Barcelona in the next few days in a deal that could see Arsenal receive about £35m. The midfielder is desperate to leave the Emirates and was left behind on Friday when the Arsenal squad flew out for theirpre-season tour to Germany.
Manuel Almunia, Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboué also stayed behind, with doubts over the futures of all three players.
Aston Villa have been told by Wigan's owner, Dave Whelan, they will have to pay £10m for the striker Charles N'Zogbia, while Everton are holding out for £18m for Phil Jagielka after rejecting a £12m bid from Arsenal.
West Ham have completed the signing of the midfielder Matt Taylor from Bolton for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old joins Newcastle's former captain, Kevin Nolan, and Stoke's Abdoulaye Faye in moving to Upton Park as they attempt to bounce straight back into the Premier League.
Blackburn's manager, Steve Kean, has confirmed that he expects El-Hadji Diouf to leave the club this summer. The Senegal forward failed to report for pre-season training and earned a fine of two weeks' wages last week, and it now appears he has played his last game for Blackburn.
QPR's majority share-holders, Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, have confirmed that their captain, Adel Taarabt, will not leave the club during the current transfer window. Paris Saint-Germain were thought to be nearing a deal for the 22-year-old playmaker, who was a key figure in the club's Championship triumph last season and picked up the Football League Player of the Year award, but Rangers have confirmed that Taarabt will be staying in west London.
In a statement the club said: "Taarabt is fully committed to the club and is looking forward to proving his undoubted star quality for QPR in the Barclays Premier League."
The club also reiterated backing for Neil Warnock as manager after rumours that he would be replaced.
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