Blues poised to buy Reliant Robin?
- Sun 27 May 2012, 7:37AM
- Posted by David Clayton
It’s been reported that Robin van Persie has topped City’s wish-list for quite some time – but are the Blues really about to test the water with a bid for the Dutch striker?
If you believe what you read in some of the papers, it would seem so and with plenty of pages to fill in the coming weeks, the 'Van Persie to City' story will take up a fair few column inches this summer.
Matt Law leads the way in the Sunday Mirror, claiming: “Manchester City are firmly at the front of the queue to land Robin van Persie if Arsenal are forced to sell their star striker.
“But City's greatest competition could come from Real Madrid or Barcelona if either Spanish club decide to enter the bidding.
“City are poised with an opening bid of £20million for Van Persie, who has just a year left on his Arsenal contract, with Manchester United, Juventus and Anzhi Makhachkala also expressing an interest.
“Having already lost Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri to City in recent years, Arsenal are desperate to do all they can to stop Van Persie following his former team-mates to the Etihad Stadium.
There is a suspicion, however, that United will refuse to be drawn into a bidding war with their rich rivals and Juventus have been scared by some of the figures involved for a 28-year-old
...Sunday media round-up
The Eden Hazard saga continues with several tabloids suggesting he is leaning towards a move to Old Trafford. John Richardson in the Sunday Express writes: “Manchester United are favourites to win the £30million scramble for Lille’s exciting Belgium international Eden Hazard.
“United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been given permission to talk to the 21-year-old forward after he plays for his country against England on Saturday.
“Although United are likely to offer lower wages than City and Chelsea, sources close to the player suggest Hazard is being enticed by United’s history and standing in the game.”
We’ll have to wait and see on that one, but finally, back in the Mirror, the Blues are linked with a new name. In an unattributed article, the snippet claims: “Champions Manchester City lead the chase to prise Sunderland star Stephane Sessegnon away from the Stadium of Light.
“City’s interest in the Benin international stretches back to his days with Paris St Germain and Sessegnon impressed Roberto Mancini again with two outstanding displays against his side in 2012.
"But City know they will face competition from Arsenal with Arsene Wenger’s scouts having tracked Sessegnon throughout last season. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also keen on the inventive, pacy forward, who operates either on the left side of midfield or as a support striker.”