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City close on Silva deal

Blues keen to use Santa Cruz as makeweight in move for winger

By Francisco Acedo.   Last Updated: 28/06/10 3:34pm

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Silva: Set to be sold

Silva: Set to be sold

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Reports in Spain suggest Manchester City are close to reaching an agreement for Valencia winger David Silva.

The Blues have been strongly linked with the Spain international for some time and are believed to be edging closer to striking a deal.

The tricky winger is currently away on international duty with Spain at the World Cup finals, but is well aware of the furore surrounding his future.

With his domestic employers known to be struggling financially, Silva has accepted that the time may have come to move on from the Mestalla.

That has alerted numerous clubs to his availability and, with money no problem, City have leapt to the front of the queue.


The Blues' chief executive Garry Cook is reported to have travelled to Spain for talks with Valencia president Manuel Llorente on Monday, in an effort to thrash out a deal.

It is believed that City are looking to use Roque Santa Cruz as a makeweight in the transfer, with the Paraguayan striker having slipped down the pecking order at Eastlands.

Valencia are thought to be keen on the idea, having been left short on attacking options after selling David Villa to Barcelona and Nikola Zigic to Birmingham.

They are willing to take the South American on loan, with the view to a permanent deal being struck next summer.

Los Che are also keen for City to help carry the financial burden of such a deal and are looking for them to continue paying around 20 per cent of Santa Cruz's wages.

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