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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Mancini coy over Manchester City pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar
The young forward is wanted by the Italian manager and his new
sporting director Txiki Begiristain as they look to bolster the
Citizens' squad, but they expect strong competition
Manchester City look set to embark on a big-money pursuit of Brazilian attacker Neymar as the Premier League champions attempt to bolster their attacking options, although manager Roberto Mancini anticipates stiff competition for the highly coveted 20-year-old's signature.
Santos superstar Neymar is expected to be the
poster boy for the 2014 World Cup in his homeland and comes with a £50
City's new sporting director Txiki Begiristain
has been tasked with luring him to Manchester, though Mancini is coy
about his club's chances of securing a deal, acknowledging that at least
one other major player is in the race should Neymar opt for a move to
“I don’t know if it is true that Barcelona
have already made a down-payment for Neymar,” Mancini told reporters
after his side’s 0-0 draw against West Ham.
“I think when Txiki starts to work here next week we can start to talk about the future for us because this is very important.
“Neymar is a Santos player and I don’t know what can happen with him in the future.”
is looking forward to working with Begiristain, also concealing a hint
of criticism aimed at former sporting director Brian Marwood with whom
he shared a strained relationship.
“But I am very happy to work
now with the new sporting director because he gives us the chance to
move very quickly regarding some players,” Mancini added.
“If we work well together then the next three or four years for Manchester City can be very strong.”