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€20M Will Land Mancini’s Pacy, Perhaps Priceless Dutch Master

Roberto Mancini is reportedly targeting a €20million summer move for Hamburg’s prodigiously talented winger, Eljero Elia. The flying Dutchman has been impressing scouts across Europe since his 2004 debut for ADO Den Haag, and it appears that Manchester City are the latest club considering a move for the pacy winger, who can also play as a central midfielder and as a second striker.

Despite the excellent form of recent signing David Silva, Mancini is believed to want to add to his side’s attacking capabilities and the tricky Ducthman can certainly provide the verve that the Italian requires. Having moved to FC Twente in 2007, Elia was named Dutch footballer of the year in 2009, before moving on to Hamburg in a €8.9million that summer.

Elia has a record of 8 goals and 10 assists in 47 first team appearances for the Hamburglars, and has won himself 19 caps for the Netherlands since his debut in 2009, playing from midfield. The 24-year-old often plays roaming in from the left-wing; he is right-footed, yet he is also comfortable with his left and has impressive close control and technical skills.

Manchester City are keen to add more pace to their attack and Elia, who has previously expressed an interest in playing in England, could well be the next expensive foreign import at the City of Manchester Stadium. Hamburg, who have only had the services of the Dutchman for two seasons, are understood to be willing to put up a fight to retain their player, but City’s incredible wealth will surely win out and the FA Cup semi-finalists are expected to have to stump up €20 million to capture the baby-faced former Twente man.

Here’s the Dutchman in action, see what you think of City’s potential new signing

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