Media round-up: Wednesday, 7th December featuring Mateo Kovavic, Tevez and Jerome Boateng
By Ric Turner, Wed 07 December 2011 09:20
Manchester City have stepped up their pursuit of 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia Under-21s midfielder Mateo Kovacic, dubbed the "Croatian Lionel Messi", according to the Sun. Kovacic, 17, is one of the hottest prospects in world football and has been linked to Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. The rising star broke into the Dinamo first team in 2010 and already has two caps for the Croatia Under-21s.
The Mirror report that AC Milan will offer to pay all of Carlos Tevez's £200,000-a-week wages to take the striker on loan from Manchester City in January. The Italian champions want to take the Argentina star on loan until the end of the season, and then negotiate a fee for a permanent move. Eastlands chiefs, though, have warned the striker he will not be allowed to go out on loan unless there is a cast-iron agreement he will be bought at the end of it.
Ex-Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng - now at Bayern Munich - says he has no regrets about leaving the club in the summer. The 23-year-old, who returns to the Etihad Stadium with Bayern tomorrow, said: "Obviously I'm very happy at Bayern. I wouldn't say I regret anything about last season at City. I made a lot of friends and it was a good experience for me."