Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BLUES' BARGAIN HUNT ; City to Play It Smart in the Transfer Market as Days of Paying Over- The-Odds Come to an End

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BLUES' BARGAIN HUNT ; City to Play It Smart in the Transfer Market as Days of Paying Over- The-Odds Come to an End

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CITY will not be afraid to go shopping in the bargain basement this summer as they seek to put their team among the European elite.

But that does not mean the Blues' big spending has come to an end - they will just be more selective, and less likely to pay over the odds.

The January transfer window was another clear indicator that City will no longer be held to ransom by clubs who greedily eye their rich owner.

City were in for Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala, a 23-year-old defender, and Fernando, a defensive midfielder, but baulked at the exorbitant asking price for both players.

Fernando - hoping to be in Portugal's squad for the World Cup finals - was vulnerable because he only had six months left on his contract, and City were hoping to grab him on the cheap. Porto played hard-ball, and told Fernando that if he did not sign a new contract, he would train with the kids for the next four months.

He signed, Porto slapped a Pounds 16.5m release on him, and City's interest died - although there is a persistent rumour in Portugal that the two clubs struck an agreement which will see the move resurrected this summer. …

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