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Mancini’s wishlist: Tevez out,Higuain and Sturridge in

Mancini wants to bolster his already fearsome attack by selling Tevez and adding Higuain and Sturridge.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: March 3, 2012 5:06:05 pm

The revolving door for strikers at Manchster City looks to swing again as manager Roberto Mancini reportedly wants to offload troublemaker Carlos Tevez and bring in Gonzalo Higuain and Daniel Sturridge from Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively.

Mancini is planning to launch a bid for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain in the summer transfer window to replace Carlos Tevez,despite the latter tendering an unconditional apology following his infamous bust-up with Mancini during a Champions League encounter against Bayern Munich.

The City boss remains single-minded about selling the Argentine rebel in the summer and wants compatriot Higuain to fill his boots. Higuain is reported to be considering his future after falling behind Karim Benzema in Jose Mourinho’s plans at the Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid are keen to do a deal with the Blues that would see them offer Higuain and around six million pounds in exchange for Sergio Aguero,but Mancini has made it clear that Aguero is going nowhere and remains convinced he can still land Higuain with a bid of around 36 million pounds.

“Higuain is a top player,but we don’t want to sell Aguero for nothing. It’s impossible for us to sell him. He will stay here,but if Higuain wants to come here then we are happy,” The Daily Star quoted Mancini,as saying. Tevez will face Bolton reserves on Tuesday and Mancini said: “If Carlos is performing in two weeks he will be valuable for us for the last six or seven games. I think he wants to show he can play in a top squad. This is important for him for next season.”

The club is also plotting an amazing bid to bring former striker Daniel Sturridge back from Chelsea after enquiring about his current contract situation.

According to the Daily Mail,City has asked to be kept updated on developments regarding Sturridge’s future,as the England international only left the Etihad Stadium in July 2009 after agreeing to join Chelsea following a contract dispute.

The forward is keen to start negotiations over a new Chelsea deal,though the club are yet to call him in for formal discussions due to the fact he still has two years left on his existing contract. Sturridge is understood to be growing increasingly restless at Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to use him in a wide role,rather than his preferred central striker position.

Chelsea will offer Sturridge a new contract,which will include a significant pay-rise from his current 65,000 pounds-per-week package. But City’s decision to take a watching brief on how the situation regarding Sturridge’s contract develops is an interesting development. Roberto Mancini is a huge admirer of Sturridge and admitted this week that he found it ‘strange’ that City,who were managed by Mark Hughes at the time let him leave.

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