Manchester City missed out on World Cup-bound La Liga forward

      

Manchester City missed out on World Cup-bound La Liga forward

Picture: Вячеслав Евдокимов

Manchester City missed out on adding another striker to their ranks during the summer transfer window as negotiations for Valencia's Rodrigo Moreno stalled in the initial stages, Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo reveals.

Pep Guardiola reportedly placed a bid £31million for the player, but saw it rejected when Valencia manager Marcelino Garcia Toral pleaded the club board not to sell Moreno. 

Valencia are believed to have also offered Rodrgio an attractive remuneration package in bid to convince him to reject Manchester City. 

The 26-year-old has hit top form since then, scoring four times in six La Liga starts, and has recently earned his second Spain call-up since 2014.

It is believed Pep is still on the a market for another striker as City have been left sweating over Sergio Aguero's fitness following a car accident that broke his ribs while Gabriel Jesus has only recently returned from injury. 

Rodrgo would have been a great option as he is versatile and can play anywhere in the forward line.

Additionally, the former Benfica striker knows all about the rigorous demands of English football, having spent a loan spell at Bolton in the 2010/11 season.

The Man City target clinched the opener on Friday as Spain secured a World Cup berth with a 3-0 victory over Albania, and that might see Pep rejuvenate his interest in the player in January.

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 27 59 72
2 Liverpool FC 28 33 57
3 Manchester United FC 27 32 56
4 Chelsea FC 27 26 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 28 52
6 Arsenal FC 27 15 45
7 Burnley FC 28 -3 37
8 Leicester City FC 28 -1 36
9 Everton FC 27 -14 34
10 AFC Bournemouth 28 -10 32
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 28 -11 31
12 Watford FC 27 -10 30
13 West Ham United FC 28 -15 30
14 Huddersfield Town 28 -23 30
15 Newcastle United FC 28 -11 29
16 Southampton FC 28 -12 27
17 Crystal Palace FC 27 -17 27
18 Swansea City FC 28 -20 27
19 Stoke City FC 28 -26 26
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 28 -20 20