Media round-up 20/01/2012 featuring Nicolas Gaitan, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli
By Ric Turner, Fri 20 January 2012 09:13
City and neighbours United are set to do battle over Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, according to The Daily Mail. Both sides had scouts watching the 23-year-old Argentine in Benfica's 2-0 League Cup victory against Santa Clara on Wednesday. Gaitan has a £37.5m release clause in his contract. United and City have also posted interest in St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, 17, while City are giving a trial to Chilean defender Tomas Diaz Navarrete, 18.
The Sun report that Carlos Tevez is ready to pick up £43m in wages if his £31m move to Paris St Germain goes ahead. The proposed 3½-year deal for the Manchester City rebel includes wages of £10m a year, matching what he was on at City. But he will also be given an incredible signing on fee of £8.3m. The deal for the Argentinian striker, 27, has "blown both Milan clubs out of the running".
However, talkSPORT claim that Tevez's media advisor has said Inter Milan and AC Milan are not out of the race to sign the City striker. Paul McCarthy told the radio station "I do believe the two Milan clubs' interest is not dead and I don't think it is going to be sorted very quickly, but I think by the end of the window there will be some kind of conclusion."
Finally, The Daily Star reveal the fascinating news that Mario Balotelli, David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta all own the same make of car. Surely not? One City insider said: “[Mario's] normally very individual and regards himself as one of a kind, so to see two other people with the same vehicle as him has got him thinking twice whenever he goes to a car park to pick up his Bentley. If the cars are parked three in a row, Mario finds it hard to tell the difference and the lads have been joking about him trying to get into the cars of David and Pablo."