According to The Times, Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra wants to break Manchester City’s transfer record to bring Brazilian forward Jo to the City of Manchester Stadium. The previous record is held by Nicolas Anelka, but the CSKA Moscow forward could command a much higher fee than Ã‚Â£13 million.
The Times reports that Jo was in Manchester this past weekend to discuss the terms of the contract. However one major stumbling block in the potential transfer of Jo to Man City could be MSI’s part-ownership of the forward. Remember MSI? Their ownership of Carlos Tevez complicated matters for West Ham and Manchester United last summer.
However Shinawatra is willing to make the player his own in order to avoid complications and is thought to be willing to pay the transfer fee in installments rather than sign the player on a year long deal.
The Times also reckons that Man City could sign Barcelona starlet Giovani dos Santos. The young Mexican could cost the club about Ã‚Â£8 million, but Shinawatra will view this as a healthy investment in a bid to appease the fans which he has disgruntled with his treatment of boss Sven-GÃƒÂ¶ran Eriksson.
[Source: The Times]
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