Roberto Mancini has come out to quell the talk about a striker re-shuffle at Manchester City as the Italian distanced himself from the Robin van Persie rumours while also backing Edin Dzeko. The Daily Mail reports that the manager doesn’t expect too many changes before pre-season and was even quoted in Sky Italia saying this: “Van Persie? He is an Arsenal player and I don’t want to disrespect Wenger. We have four strikers and we will start the preseason in five days, it’s unlikely there will be major changes in such a short time.” He also gave Dzeko and Aleksander Kolarov a vote of confidence by backing them to stay at the club rather than move away.
Man City have placed a heavy £80 million price tag on their star playmaker David Silva to ward off interest from Spanish champions Real Madrid, reports the Sunday Mirror. Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given a £45 million budget for the Spaniard, who he is targeting in an attempt to strengthen his squad to launch a double offensive on the La Liga and Champions League next season. However, City are keen on retaining their top player and are said to be drawing up a lucrative deal for the 26 year-old that keeps him at the Eastlands till 2016.
Manchester City bit-part player Adam Johnson will soon hold future talks with his club after enduring a frustrating season, which saw him start a meagre 4 games. Even his relationship with manager Roberto Mancini hasn’t been good, with the Italian manager publicly telling the player to improve. Now, after losing out on a Euro place with the England national team, the 24 year old feels he would be better suited away from the Etihad. Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool are keen on the winger and goal.com reports that a £15 million bid would do the trick.