When Manchester City was bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the dynamic of the club shifted dramatically. The new owners were determined to get Manchester City out of the shadow of their city rivals, which of course are one of the most successful clubs in history, Manchester United.
The Emirati owners have spent large amounts of money to try to get the club into elite status in Europe. The strategy has been very successful, as last season they ended a 35-year drought without a trophy by winning the FA Cup. Along the way they defeated Manchester United in the semifinals. In addition to that, they finished third in the Premier League and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
City are eager to build on their great season by becoming a contender to win it all in the Premier League and in Europe. The management at City are working hard to achieve this and here is an update on the transfer rumors surrounding the club:
Samir Nasri is a player that City allegedly has their eyes on. The French midfielder has one year left on his contract and reports have surfaced of his desire to leave the club. The pressure on Arsenal is building, as they will have to decide whether they would like to see Nasri leave or let him play out his contract. If they choose the latter option, the Gunners will be taking a chance that he may leave the club and they end up with nothing. Arsenal are have offered Nasri a contract extension, but it is expected that he will turn it down.
Manchester City are also rumored to be interested in Argentine forward Sergio Aguero. It has been well documented that Aguero would like to leave Atletico Madrid and he has failed to report to training with the side. At 23 years old, Aguero is a sensational player who already has a U-20 World Cup championship, an Olympic gold medal and a Europa League championship under his belt. In addition to that, Aguero has scored at least 20 goals in four out of five seasons with Atletico.
As one Argentine forward may be on his way into the club, one may be on his way out. Carlos Tevez is reportedly unhappy with the club and wants out.
Tevez has joined the side on their trip to America and reportedly met with Inter’s sporting director, Marcelo Branca. The Brazilian club Corinthians made a bid for Tevez, but were not able to acquire him. This is the second club that Tevez has had issues with and it is surely time for City to part ways with him.
Despite his talent, it is highly likely that his presence will cause issues in the locker room. It is likely the City will be able to get a good price for him.