Premier League - Papers: City open door to Tevez exit

Sat, 14 May 05:07:00 2011

On the morning of the FA Cup final the news that Manchester City’s star player Carlos Tevez could be allowed to move features heavily on the back pages.

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Citizens boss Roberto Mancini says that his top scorer should leave if he is unhappy at the club.

"Carlos has got a five-year contract, but in my opinion a player should stay here because he believes in the project and he's happy to stay at the club," the Daily Mirror reports Mancini as saying.

"If I'm not happy to stay, then I'll leave. It's the same for the players. If they aren't happy to stay, it's better they leave.

"I have never said that Carlos wants to leave - I said that it would be his decision. At the moment, he has a five-year contract here.

Mind you, before the violins play too loudly for Manchester City, if Tevez does make a move in the summer (or if he stays, for that matter), there are sure to be big name arrivals to Eastlands.

David Silva is quoted in The Sun talking about how wonderful it would be if he could re-united with Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas in Manchester.

And the Daily Mail suggest that the Citizens are weighing up a bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, despite the fact that his price tag has trebled from £15m when he signed for the Italian club from Palermo a year ago to £45m today.

Things are slightly less clear for another Italian manager in EnglandCarlo Ancelotti says in the same paper that he does not know what his future holds, but if he is removed from the Chelsea job he would like the chance to continue coaching in England.

In the Daily Star Ancelotti also sounds like a man who suspects his time is up, but he appeals to the club not to make too drastic an overhaul of the squad which only 12 months ago sealed a league and cup double.

And worries are apparentl y building at Arsenal about the future of Samir Nasri at The Emirates. The Mirror suggest that with just one year left on his current deal and Arsene Wenger resolved not to break the wage structure to accommodate his midfielder, the 24-year-old could quickly find himself on the market if he does not put pen to paper.

As the transfer window approaches, the rumours are beginning to increase and players touting their possible deals are on the up.

Leading the way today is Werder Bremen and Germany winger Marko Marin, who believes Liverpool are trying to sign him. (Mirror)

Sunderland and Everton are in a two-horse race for the signature of Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle’s intended replacement for Andy Carroll is 6’5” tall, Malian, and goes by the name of Sheikh Diabate. (Mirror)

And Roy Hodgson’s wish for a new goalkeeper at West Brom will see him try to sign either Brad Friedel of Aston Villa or Manchester United reserve Tomasz Kuszczak. (Daily Mail)

And after all those rumours of players who might be on their way to pastures new, let’s finish with the story of one who got away.

The Guardian reveal that Liverpool’s £22.8m January recruit Luis Suarez was scouted and considered for a switch to Tottenham Hotspur – but the idea of bidding for him was dismissed because it was felt that he could not play the lone striker role.

“But he played up front on his own the other night [against Fulham on Monday],” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said wistfully, “and he was fantastic."

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