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Gonzalo The Great?

  • 01 August 2012 08:08
  • Posted by Chris Eccles

A new name is linked with the Blues this morning as a very familiar name begins a new adventure in Spain.

City may move their attention from Robin Van Persie to Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain according to the Daily Mirror with a figure of £35 million mooted for the Argentine striker. 

The Mirror thinks that Higuain, nicknamed ‘El Pipita’, is also coveted by Chelsea and Tottenham and may be ready for a move saying,

"Higuain grew frustrated last season when he was kept out of the team by Karim Benzema, and that may now tempt him to leave the Bernabeu.

"Mancini went on record earlier this year about his admiration for Higuain, but City still need to ship out strikers as they try to fall into line with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules."

Kolo Toure has told The Telegraph that he has discussed the possibility of a move to Turkish side Bursaspor but he is ready to stay and fight for his place at City.

Kolo Toure

"I did speak to the people there [Bursaspor], but I'm just focusing on City. I'm a City player, I still enjoy it here and you can see that.

"I love playing at the same club as my brother, but we will see what will happen. I've got one year left on my contract and that's it.

"At the moment I am still at City and all my commitment is to the club, but you never know the future."

The Daily Mail thinks that despite his declaration, Kolo may also be wanted by Trabzonspor and Barcelona.

Andrea Mancini has signed for Spanish third division side Valladolid B. The 19 year-old striker, who has previously had loan spells at Oldham and Fano, spoke about the pressure associated with the Mancini name and how he intends to make the most of this opportunity.

''The name is a huge weight,'' he told the Daily Telegraph. ''My father was a fantastic player and is a great coach too, but I want to work and to vindicate myself. I hope that one day they will remember me as Andrea Mancini.

''I am sure my dad will follow my progress closely, although he won't be able to come and watch me. My dream would be to debut in the first game of the season with Valladolid and that my dad could come to the stadium.

''He told me to take advantage of such a big opportunity to play in a team in the Spanish league, to work harder than anyone and improve as a player, to listen to the coach and learn from the experience.''

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