Manchester City target Mario Gomez to fill void left by departing Carlos Tevez

 

Manchester City have listed the Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez as one of four targets as they move rapidly to rebuild their strike force after the departure of Carlos Tevez to Juventus, The Independent understands.

An Italian and Spanish striker are also in City's sights - Seville's Alvaro Negredo and Roma's Pablo Osvaldo - and with the situation fluid on all players, the fourth individual in contention as the goalscorer City badly needed is Benfica's Oscar Cardozo, who has had a bitter falling out with the Portuguese club's manager and is definitely leaving the club. Benfica are demanding €17m (£14.5m) but would take €15m (£12.8m)

The £20m Gomez is the most exciting prospect though - and open to move from Bayern Munich having fallen down the pecking order following the signature of Mario Mandzukic, with the prospect of a further drop if Robert Lewandowski arrives from Borussia Dortmund, later this summer. The 27-year-old's three goals at last summer's European Championship saw him replace Miroslave Klose as Germany's preferred centre forward but his rapid fall from supremacy has seen his agent admit weeks ago that a summer move is a possibility.

City need a player of Gomez's calibre, with Tevez and Mario Balotelli now gone and Manuel Pellegrini's hopes of Premier League success currently resting on just two recognised strikers - Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko. Gomez has also been linked with Napoli and Chelsea, among others, but on Wednesday, his agent denied suggestions that a deal had been agreed, taking him to Fiorentina. Gomez scored 19 goals last season, despite being used as a substitute most of the time, and began pre-season training with the European Champions 48 hours ago.

At 30, Cardozo is older but has a phenomenal record in Europe and his agent Jorge Mendes is moving him on, following the player's row with manager Jorge Jesus. Cardozo was involved in an angry exchange with Jesus - shoving him when he was substituted 20 minutes from the end of Benfica's Europa League final with Chelsea last month. He was ordered to show up at the club on June 17th, ahead of training starting next Monday and failed to do so. He will now miss the main pre-season training camp at Evian. Rumours of the possibility of Cardozo being a City target have been circulating since last week. A move to the Premier League has become a firmer possibility since a move for the player to Fenerbahce began to fall through because of the club's ban from Champions League football because of a match-fixing conspiracy.

Roma's Osvaldo has been valued at £15.4m, with his own agent suggesting that negotiations with Atletico Madrid are also on the cards.  Osvaldo will be known to Pellegrini from his spell in La Liga with Espanyol, whom he left to join Roma in 2011 for €15m (£112.8m). Atletico will offer stiff competition to City and are looking for a striker to replace Radamel Falcao who departed for Monaco earlier this month in a €60m (£51.3m) deal. The Italian international scored 16 goals in 29 Serie A matches last season.

Atletico may also present an obstacle to City in any pursuit of Sevilla's Spaniard Negredo, who was the fourth highest scorer in La Liga last season after Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Falcao and who has told the club president, Jose Maria del Nido, that he wants to play Champions League football to develop his game. He has been at Sevilla for four seasons but the club, ninth in last season's La Liga, are unlikely to help the 27-year achieve his ambition. Del Nido has said that “one of the (interested) teams is Atletico Madrid and the other is outside of Spain. Sevilla will choose the best offer.”

All four of the targets break with the general trend among some clubs to buy younger players with a higher sell-on value. But following Tevez's departure, City need a proven goalscorer who can come in and adapt quickly.

It is unlikely that the 21-year-old Swede John Guidetti might be able to play an immediate part. He is still not full fit and unlikely to be given a place in City's Premier League squad. Though Sunderland are understood to be interested in Guidetti, whose mystery illness rendered him unfit for most of last season, City do rate him and appear to want to keep him. A loan deal - similar to the one in which he flourished for Feyenoord in 2011/12 - is one possibility, though the priority is simply to get the player fit.

Voices
voicesGood for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, writes Grace Dent
Sport
The Pipes and Drums of The Scottish Regiments perform during the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park on July 23, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Commonwealth GamesThe actor encouraged the one billion viewers of the event to donate to the children's charity
Sport
Karen Dunbar performs
Entertainers showcase local wit, talent and irrepressible spirit
Arts and Entertainment
The Tour de France peloton rides over a bridge on the Grinton Moor, Yorkshire, earlier this month
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
News
Very tasty: Vladimir Putin dining alone, perhaps sensibly
news
Life and Style
Listen here: Apple EarPods offer an alternative
techAre custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?
News
The University of California study monitored the reaction of 36 dogs
sciencePets' range of emotions revealed
Arts and Entertainment
The nomination of 'The Wake' by Paul Kingsnorth has caused a stir
books
News
Joining forces: young British men feature in an Isis video in which they urge Islamists in the West to join them in Iraq and Syria
newsWill the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?
News
Snoop Dogg pictured at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night in February, 2013
people... says Snoop Dogg
News
i100
Life and Style
food + drinkZebra meat is exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
News
Bey can do it: Beyoncé re-enacts Rosie the Riveter's pose
newsRosie the Riveter started out as an American wartime poster girl and has become a feminist pin-up. With Beyoncé channeling her look, Gillian Orr tells her story
Life and Style
Donna and Paul Wheatley at their wedding
healthShould emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?
Arts and Entertainment
Residents of Derby Road in Southampton oppose filming of Channel 4 documentary Immigration Street in their community
tv
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements