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 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31