More transfer gossip coming from the Spanish tabloids today, and fairly interesting too. This is from Sport, which is Barcelona based and is well placed for stories regarding transfers in and out of Barça. The article in question says that an MCFC delegation was in Barcelona recently to talk of the transfers of three players.
First, of Yaya Touré: the report claims that we bid €20m (£17m) for the Ivorian with just two years left on his contract. Mancini is keen on his physicality and dynamism; I think he is close to being the box to box shuttler that we need. Barcelona's initial negotiating position was to demand €35m (£29.7m) but apparently they could settle on €30m (£25.5m). Interestingly enough, the report claims that the sticking point is Yaya himself. Despite the promise of playing with his brother he would rather play for Chelsea, from whom he is awaiting an offer.
Next up: Ibra. The article says after the signing of David Villa he is close to leaving the Nou Camp. While he is not keen on a club of City's size, nor on the English weather, he is keen on continuing to earn €9m per year. He would probably prefer a move to either Milan club though. I'm not keen on him at City, for reasons I've gone into before.
And then Dani Alves, for whom we reportedly bid €45m (£38.2m), instantly and understanably rejected, given his importance to the side.