Manchester City striker John Guidetti is set to sign a bumper deal with the English Premier League champions despite reports linking him with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, Sky Sports understands.
Upon signing his second professional contract with Manchester City, the Sweden international is expected to go on a season-long loan for the second straight campaign.
According to Guidetti’s agent Per Jonsson, 15 European clubs have shown interest in the 20-year-old forward this summer, and rightfully so.
Guidetti netted 20 goals while on loan at Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2011-12, leading De club aan de Maas to a second-place finish in the Dutch Eredivisie table.
A return to Feyenoord is definitely a possibility, but City and Guidetti have a lot of offers and options to consider.
“He liked his stay at Feyenoord and enjoyed putting in strong performances for them,” said Jonsson.
“Joining them again is definitely an option, but there are more possibilities, we are going to explore all options without rushing and we will surely come to a decision before the transfer window ends at the end of the month.”
At the moment, Manchester City have an embarrassment of riches at the striker position, with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero on their books.
Milan clubs swap strikers
Italian giants AC Milan and Internazionale have agreed to a swap deal involving Italian strikers Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini, ESPN Soccernet reports.
Milan received Giampaolo Pazzini in the deal, while the Rossoneri sent Antonio Cassano and €7 million to their bitter inner-city rivals.
Inter had an absolutely disastrous 2011-12 Serie A campaign, finishing sixth in table and a whopping 22 points behind runners-up AC Milan.
The 2012 Summer Transfer Window has been a tough one for Milan, who have seen Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and now Antonio Cassano leave the club for pastures new.
Subsequently, the club are going to rely heavily on 22-year-old striker Alexandre Pato for goals during the upcoming Serie A campaign.
Pato had a dismal, injury-ridden campaign in 2011-12, netting just one goal in 11 league appearances (seven starts) for the Rossoneri.
Don’t look now but Pato seems to have suffered yet another injury setback. This time it’s his left adductor.
“AC Milan announces that during a game held in today’s workout, Alexandre Pato has reported a problem with his left adductor. In the coming days further medical examinations will be made to determine the extent of the damage,” read a club statement.
Milan will kick-off their 2012-13 campaign on Sunday, 26 August, when they are scheduled to host Serie A newcomers Sampdoria at the San Siro.