Man City Set Sights On £12m Sporting Lisbon Captain

Chris Wright

2nd, December 2010


By Chris Wright

What with Manchester City currently being sh*tted up with over-paid, under-played footballers of every conceivable ilk, it’s fairly understandable that most of the recent City-related transfer gubbins is in reference to an imminent exodus or clear-out of some kind.

That said, the Daily Mail are bucking the trend this morning by actually linking Roberto Mancini‘s side with an actual acquisition, albeit not a very high-profile one.

The Mail seem certain that City have ‘opened talks’ with Sporting Lisbon over their £12-million rated captain, 22-year-old centre-back Daniel Carrico – a player that the Premier League side have apparently been watching extensively for over a year now.

The paper also speculate that Mancini and co. officially turned their sights on Carrico after baulking at the £25 million price tag they were quoted by Benfica for their ridiculously over-valued Brazilian defender David Luiz.


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  1. Pedro says:

    People in Portugal say Benfica refused a final 25£ bid for Luiz in the summer, which allegedly made him angry given that Di María went for 20£ and Ramires for 18£ and were seen to play a much bigger role in the side. Given his recent performances, they’ll be kicking themselves not to have bitten CIty’s arm off.

  2. Nuno says:

    Actually, David Luiz said he refused to go to City. He refused to leave Benfica, as his preference would fall upon Chelsea, not the ‘petrodollars’. And actually, Di Maria was for a bit more than 20 M£ and that value could go above 30 M£ (up to 36 M€), depending on appearences.
    As for Daniel Carrico, although he is very important piece in Sporting’s squad (he is a good defender), they may just sell him for this price or lower (they sold two of their best players this season for under 10 M£ each – Moutinho and Veloso, both Portuguese internationals). City could indeed benefit as he seems a low profile defender but with already good skills.

  3. V says:

    Carriço – poor man’s David Luiz.

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