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Wealthy French side to make sensational Man City double swoop

| 12.02.2013

Manchester City are currently reeling from a period of indifferent form, one which appears to have all but shattered their hopes of retaining the Premier League title.

Increasingly lethargic and laboured in their approach, City have cut the figure of a side much disjointed in recent weeks.

And a squad overhaul could now occur in the summer, with a number of high-profile departures being touted from the Etihad Stadium.

Perhaps most newsworthy of the potential outgoings, is former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, and the controversial Carlos Tevez.

Both players have found their first-team opportunities limited of late, and these developments have not gone unnoticed by French outfit Monaco.

The 2004 Champions League runners-up currently sit atop of Ligue 2 in France, and promotion would be essential if their ambitious transfer plans have any hopes of coming to fruition.

Three defeats all season would suggest they are poised to return to the French top flight though, and they could celebrate by testing City’s resolve for the French and Argentinian internationals.

It is reported that Monaco, bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dimitry Rybolovlev, will bid around £35 million in an attempt to land both players at once.

And the proposition could prove tempting for the pair, with the offering of a tax-free salary sure to be a very positive selling point.

Monaco could comfortably match Tevez’s near £200,000 per week wage demands, whilst regular first-team action would be virtually guaranteed for both players.

Also, with Tevez having only a year remaining on his current Etihad contract, City may be willing to cash in to ensure they receive a significant fee for his services.

Nasri’s deal with the champions runs until 2015, and having arrived at the club for £22 million, City would be keen to recoup a similar fee if he were to move on.

A lengthy string of below-par performances has negated his value to City somewhat though, and the Premier League champions would likely seriously consider a £35 million bid for the duo.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee