City boss Roberto Mancini is set for a busy final day of the transfer window with four new faces arriving, including the 24m pound-rated Benfica defensive midfielder.
The reigning Premier League champion is locked in talks with Benfica as it attempts to force through a 20 million pound move for the highly rated 25-year-old, though the Portuguese giant is believed to want 24m pounds for his services. City's move for the Spaniard comes following the sale of Nigel de Jong to Milan and its recent failure to land top target Daniele De Rossi from Roma.
A deal for Garcia would represent the most significant deal of the summer for City, with manager Roberto Mancini barely concealing his frustration with the club’s lack of transfer activity. Jack Rodwell signed from Everton for 15m pounds but Mancini wants a top class central midfielder and believes Garcia, who has been capped once by Spain, fits the bill.
Mancini expects a busy final day of the summer transfer window as the Premier League champion looks to tie up deals for Inter right back Maicon, Swansea winger Scott Sinclair and Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic.
City expecst to pay around 5.5m pounds to sign Maicon and will match his 100,000 pounds-a-week salary as Mancini looks to bolster his defence and provide competition for Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta.
The Citizens are also in the final stages of agreeing a 14m pound deal to sign Nastasic that includes Stefan Savic moving to the Serie A club. The 19-year-old Serbian has been tagged the ‘next Nemanja Vidic’ and caught the eye last season in 27 appearances for Fiorentina after arriving from Partizan.
Sinclair was in Manchester on Thursday and Friday to complete a switch to the Etihad Stadium after the clubs agreed a fee worth an initial 6.2m pounds, rising to 8m pounds including add-ons.
By City’s standards, it would still represent a fairly modest transfer window, certainly in terms of transfer spending, after it failed to land De Rossi, Robin van Persie, Eden Hazard and Javi Martinez.
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