Manchester City yesterday arrived in the Golden State city of San Francisco, their first stop on a pre season tour of the United States. Upon arrival, manager Roberto Mancini spoke openly and warmly to the waiting media. He spoke about many things, the Carlos Tevez situation which has been well documented, his sides chances for the upcoming season and what he expected to gain from the club’s US tour.
Given the time of year, when transfer stories dominate all others it was only fitting that he was asked about which players he hoped to bring to the club before the window slams shut on August 31st.
Fellow contributor CG highlighted earlier this week the alarming trend concerning the disgraceful way in which some clubs conduct their courting of new signings. Mancini seemed only too happy to follow suit. At least with the Luka Modric saga, Chelsea appear to have conducted their business in the right way.
He spoke openly about Samir Nasri, admitted that his club were strongly interested but were yet to make a formal bid. Arsene Wenger has rightly this evening branded Mancini’s comments as “disrespectful’ and added “I think the comments are not allowed. They are against the basic rules of football and he should be informed. What we want is respect and we don’t make these comments about players who are under contract at other clubs.”
The other player he spoke about was Athletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero. Aguero, 23, is currently representing Argentina at the Copa America and stated earlier this week that he is seeking a new challenge. “I have made clear in my statement that I do not see myself at Atlético. I will seek the best for me, I know that my representatives are working and for now I don’t want to think about it. I will do something after the Copa América, when I am able to think calmly.”
“But if I said I saw myself at Atlético, I’d be lying. I’d prefer to play in Spain or England – those are the two best countries. Atlético has been my place of work in Spain. I have given everything for the shirt and I have had a lot of fun but as far as my future is concerned, don’t bet on anything.”
There is no doubting that Aguero is a great talent. He made 41 appearances for Madrid last term, scoring 27 goal in the process. A very healthy return. He won’t come cheap, as it’s reported that he has a £38m release clause in his contract. Not that money should be an issue for City, especially once Carlos Tevez leaves the club. A fact that Mancini seems increasingly resigned to.
Speaking on Aguero he said “At the moment I am waiting because if we lose Carlos, Aguero is a player that can play for Manchester City because he is young, because he is a good player like Carlos, he can score a lot of goals and can play with Mario (Balotelli), with Edin (Dzeko),”
Asked if City were likely to make a bid for Aguero, Mancini said: “It is probably yes. I think in this moment we only have to wait.”
Again, one has to question the way in which City are conducting their business. I’m sure that Madrid will feel the same way that Arsene Wenger does about Nasri. Surely if no offer has been made, Mancini has no right to comment. It seems that the more money and power clubs accumulate, the less they feel the rules apply to them.
Whether City will get Nasri only time will tell, but it looks like they have a very good chance of landing Aguero. If they do, the blow of losing Carlos Tevez should be softened. Just how much remains to be seen.