Real Madrid have told Manchester City they’ll have to fork out £17m if they want to land Argentinian midfielder Fernando Gago. The Real Madrid player is a priority target for Blues boss Roberto Mancini, but it seems the Italian may have under estimated Madrid’s desire to sell. Mancini subtly hinted at his possible interest in Gago last week when he said;
“I need players, Perhaps Real Madrid will give me Gago?”
But it seems Real coach Manuel Pellegrini somehow deciphered the subtext there and has slapped a whopping £17m price tag on the player, currently out of favor at the Bernabeu. Reports in Spain (which probably just means Guillem Balague) suggest City have already had a £13m bid turned down by whoever it is that makes these decisions at Real Madrid, with Pellegrini reportedly worried by his lack of cover after injuries to Pepe, Gonzalo Higuain and Mahamadou Diarra. However they aren’t entirely opposed to a deal, after all Gago probably doesn’t sell many shirts, and the player himself has expressed concern about his future at the club and his lack of opportunities in a World Cup year. In fact reports suggest he’s already tried to engineer a loan move back to former club Boca Juniors only for Madrid to block it.
Though money is clearly no stumbling block for the Eastlands club, even the biggest single season spenders in history wouldn’t want to miss a trick when the worlds richest club are interested. What Mancini wants, Mancini will probably get, and if the money is made available, Real will have to decide how much they really want to keep the 23 year old tough tackler, who was a key player in their defence of the La Liga title in 2007-2008. Despite dropping down the pecking order at the Bernabeu, Gago would be a good asset for City and as an Argentinian international would link up well with fellow countrymen Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta
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