Big-spending Manchester City are reportedly in the final stages of a £30 million deal with Spanish club Athletic Bilbao over the transfer of Basque striker Fernando Llorente, according to a report in The Sun. The English club is believed to be negotiating a five year contract for the player, who has already scored 28 goals in 45 games this season.
Bilbao, who are struggling to make it to European football for next season, are reportedly preparing to sell their best players, including midfielder Oscar de Marcos, who is being targetted by Manchester United.
Meanwhile Llorente, who is also being looked at by other high-profile clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham and Juventus, will probably be most convinced by the £200,000 per week wages the Citizens can offer him.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is willing to pay the large transfer fee Bilbao will ask for Llorente but admits the weekly wages could be a concern, especially since the club is trying to sign Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis.
In addition to Llorente, City boss Roberto Mancini is reportedly also looking to sign French second division club Le Havre's 16 year old Jules Ntcham, according to a Goal.com report.
The teenager, who is also the target of other big clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona, United, Chelsea and the two Milanese outfits, is being spoken of as a big star for the future. He has yet to sign a professional contract and should be available for a relatively small fee. Le Havre could, however, ask for a sell-on fee.
Meanwhile City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, who transferred from Wolfsburg to Manchester City for a fee of £32.5 million in 2011, is being pursued by German outfits Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, according to a Daily Mail report. Mancini has made it clear that Dzeko, who is very unhappy at being left out for most of City's games recently, will be leaving this summer.
Both Bundesliga clubs are apparently very eager to bring the 26 year old striker back to Germany, given his superb scoring record with Wolfsburg.
Bayern Munich, who are in the semi-finals of this year's Champions League, have made their interest in Dzeko very clear and are reportedly ready to pay in excess of £20 million and match his wages from City to land their man.