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Marwood Negotiating Loan With Option To Buy Move

Manchester City are preparing to make their first move of the January transfer window.. but not by splashing around the huge sums of cash we’ve all grown familiar with. 

According to the Metro, MS Ashdod have confirmed they are in talks with Roberto Mancini’s side over a deal for their 20-year-old star Nir Biton.

The young central midfielder recently underwent a week-long trial at the Premier League leaders training complex in Carrington and impressed so much so that the players agent, Dudu Dahan, is currently in England negotiating with City Director, Brian Marwood.

Mancini is hoping to take the Israeli International on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent switch. MS Ashdod owner, Jacky Ben Zaken, told the Jewish Chronicle of City’s intentions following talks between the two clubs this week.

“They want to take him on loan immediately and want an option to buy him in the future.”

Surprisingly, the Metro reports that Mancini has been told he must use the loan market in the January window if he wishes to strengthen his title challenging squad. City’s Sheikh owners will not provide the Italian with any transfer funds while they attempt to remove the deadwood from their hefty looking wage bill.

Likened to Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, Biton is an exciting midfield play-maker who has also attracted attention from two other Premier League sides. While City aim to negotiate an initial loan deal for the youngster, Everton or Aston Villa could trump the league leaders by preparing to offer a permanent switch before the end of the January window which MS Ashdod could favour.

Manchester City’s pursuit of the highly-rated Israeli is likely to hit a stumbling block at some point though. The Jewish Chronicle say Biton still has 9-months IDF duty to perform and has only made 2 international appearances which falls shorts of the criteria required to gain a UK work permit. However, City may have grounds to apply on the ‘exceptional talent’ ruling.

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