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Call it a long shot, but Manchester City seem quietly confident of landing Chelsea legend Didier Drogba from right under the nose of the Blues, according to reports from the Daily Star. The 36-year old Ivorian has been extensively linked with a move back to the Premier League with his beloved Chelsea in recent weeks, but the Citizens have rather ambitious plans of spoiling their rivals’ party.

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Manchester City’s 28-year old midfielder James Milner is unsure of where his future lies at the moment. The England international started a mere 11 Premier League games for the Citizens last term, and wants more playing time under the management of Manuel Pellegrini. However, given the depth of Manchester City’s midfield, the former Aston Villa and Leeds United midfielder has little chance of becoming a regular in the Man City line-up.

He does have high profile potential suitors in Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton, who want to sign him if he decides to leave the Etihad, but Manchester Evening News reports that the industrious and versatile midfielder is finding it hard to leave the English champions.

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Yaya Toure is a name that has become synonymous with Manchester City in the past few seasons but the Ivorian, hailed as one of the world’s best midfielders, is set to leave the Etihad this summer after encountering irreconcilable differences with the English club. Sensing this confusion as a perfect opportunity, cross town rivals Manchester United tried to lure Toure to Old Trafford but were met with a clear rejection from the 31 year old.

In a sensational report by the Daily Star, Toure snubbed United earlier in the summer as the Red Devils looked to seal a stunning £40m deal. According to the report, Toure is holding out for a move to French giants PSG and has no intentions of playing for City or any other club next season.

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Talksport reports that Manchester City’s problem of plenty could be a boon for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. The Citizens might find the need to offload 3 of their players in Alvaro Negredo, Matija Nastasic and Javi Garcia next season, drawing the attention of their rivals.

Spanish striker Negredo did a commendable job in his first season at the Etihad, but it is an open secret that he is homesick and might want to go back to Spain. However bleak the chances, striker shy Arsenal and their rivals Tottenham could get a chance to persuade the 28-year old stay on in the Premier League but switch allegiances, considering that the likes of Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko could keep him out of the Manchester City starting XI next season.

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German giants Bayern Munich have marched ahead of Premier League hotshots Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City in the pursuit of 27-year old Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, reports the Daily Express. The Moroccan international only recently joined Roma though and has four more years left on his contract with the Italian club.

Benatia’s contract situation has put Roma in a position to reportedly extract £30 million as transfer fee for a player they spent around £11 million on last summer. However, Bayern’s intentions are strong and they may well have put the English clubs off by entering the race. Manchester City are now pursuing Eliaquim Mangala of Porto while Manchester United and Chelsea too are expected to pull out of the chase for the France-born defender.

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Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United want to beat Manchester City to the signing of highly rated French defender Eliaquim Mangala. the 23-year old Porto centre-back has long been on the wishlist of the Citizens, but Man United and Chelsea’s interest could also be tempting for the young prospect.

Mangala had earlier expressed his desire to play for Mourinho’s Blues instead of Manchester City, who already have a £32 million bid accepted for the defender. One reckons that Chelsea or Manchester United could easily match the offer, thus leaving Mangala with a decision to make as to which club he wishes to join next.

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Manchester City have been unusually quiet this transfer window having only confirmed the signing of Porto’s Fernando and ex Arsenal man Bacary Sagna till now. But City Boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to set the ball rolling for the summer by splashing the cash for Barcelona’s wantaway winger Alexis Sanchez who is also being pursued by the Citizens’ rivals, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

According to a report in the Daily Star, City have expressed their interest in acquiring the services of Chile’s World Cup star and are ready to tempt the Catalan club with a £40m offer. Arsenal were reported to be the preferred club for Sanchez this summer but City’s offer to Barcelona and their higher wage packet might just turn the Chilean’s head and persuade him to sign for the Manchester based club instead.

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