Media round-up: Monday, 5th December featuring Hulk, Pato and Angus Gunn
By Ric Turner, Mon 05 December 2011 09:05
Manchester City have been warned they will have to pay £88million if they want to replace Carlos Tevez with Porto striker Hulk in the January transfer window. The 25-year-old's agent, Teodoro Fonseca, has revealed Porto will not consider selling unless they receive an offer in excess of the world transfer record. "Five clubs have offered £40million and Porto didn't accept it," he told the Sunday Express. "Only if someone meets the £88million buyout clause – if it happened, it couldn't be blocked."
The Daily Star report that Serie A giants AC Milan are ready to offer Brazil striker Alexandre Pato to City in a bid to capture Tevez on loan in the January transfer window. City boss Roberto Mancini might be more interested in a swap if Thiago Silva, 27, is involved, but Milan are reluctant to sanction a move for the Brazilian defender.
Sergio Aguero has been described by his former Atletico Madrid team-mate, Everton defender Johnny Heitinga, as the final piece in City’s title jigsaw. Heitinga, who admits to whacking him in training without a whimper from the Argentina striker, said: “He’s unbelievable. I told my colleagues when City signed him that he’s one of the best players I have ever played with. Sergio could be the difference to City winning the title or not. He’s that important. They have got a few really good players but he is one special player.”
City will have to pay £250,000 for England youth keeper Angus Gunn - with the tribunal fee much less than Norwich City wanted. The teenager quit the Canaries to sign for City and the wrangle over the transfer has ended with an independent panel setting the price. Norwich wanted £1 million plus add-ons for their home-grown kid, who is the son of former boss and player Bryan.