Daily Mail.

The Citizens continue to keep tabs on Obiang, 20, who is being watched by Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, along with teams in Serie A and the Primera Liga.

The player’s agent Jose Miguel Gonzalez admitted, “We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him.”

However, Gonzalez continued by proclaiming that the decision will ultimately come from the player himself, “Pedro is a mature guy and is thinking only about Sampdoria.”

“We are excited about the interest of other clubs, there are many rumours, but we have not spoken to anyone,” he assured the Blucerchiati fans.

“It’s early to talk about the market, Pedro works with humility and wants to help the team to climb up the table. Among February and April we will see what happens,” he continued.

Obiang has thus far featured 12 times this season after his 2008 move to Sampdoria from Atletico Madrid. Although City’s interest hasn’t waned, their hopes of signing the player might have taken a slight knock, with Obiang believed to be seeking a move back to Spain.

It seems that Roberto Mancini is prepared for this scenario, with suggestions of his admiration for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho. The 24-year-old Brazil international will command a £16million transfer fee. Now that City are out of the Champions League – with potential television and accumulated prize-money no longer available – Manchini might be forced to sell before buying, with a view to appeasing UEFA when financial fairplay is assessed during the 2013/2014 season.


  • Melon Man
    3 years ago

    Let’s get this straight before the January transfer window starts,
    Cast your minds back to the summer, and ask yourselves which newspapers got the FIVE last day deals correct, either on the day or all summer?
    Nastasic – noone had even heard of him.
    Javi Garcia – not on the radar.
    Richard Wright – nada.
    Maicon – giant surprise
    Scott Sinclair – might give them that one, although the tabloids were all reporting the deal was off, and Swansea bubbled the deal from their end, not a word from City.
    And Rodwell early on was unreported until the club said so.

    In a nutshell, City do not do business in public, anything that may get out is from the selling club trying to up the price, but I’m sure City have stated in negotiations that if word gets out, deals off.
    No journalists have an inside track at Manchester City, especially the Daily Mail, not even the Manchester Evening News, who cut and paste stories from other papers.
    City are completely watertight when it comes to transfers, the only good source for stories is from the horse’s mouth.
    The first you’ll know of an incoming City transfer is when they’re on Sky Sports wearing a Sky Blue shirt and a nervous grin, with a bulging wallet.
    Most rumours are agents or clubs talking the price/wage demands of their players up, using City as a bargaining tool, or bollock-face journo’s making up stories to fill column inches, feeding the gorps who think City want to buy every player under the sun.