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Wolfsburg expecting big offer for Man City target

Kevin De Bruyne is a target for Manchester City. Credit: PA

Wolfsburg are expecting a big-money offer for playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, the club's director of sport Klaus Allofs has said.

The Belgian has been a key target for Manchester City all summer, who will almost certainly be the club bidding for the winger.

Of course we are expecting an attempt to be made in the coming days. That has, at least, been signalled.

An offer to Kevin, in terms of his salary, has already been made, and the figures are crazy.

But overall I'm confident that Kevin will remain with us this season. The fact is - and this is 100 per cent certain - Kevin has a contract with us until 2019 and if at all possible, we don't want him to leave.

Furthermore, we are not a club who needs transfer revenue. If an offer does come in, though, we will discuss it seriously because we cannot ignore the player's interests.

– Klaus Allofs speakuing to sport1.de

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Former Man City boss bemoans FFP regulations

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has voiced his frustration at Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules, saying they are the reason he has had to sell some of his best talent this summer.

Mancini says he was forced to sell Xherdan Shaqiri. Credit: PA

Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri left the San Siro last week to join Stoke for a club-record £12m fee for the Premier League side.

He is set to be followed out of the door by fellow midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is on the verge of joining Real Madrid for a reported £25m.

Mancini admits he did not want either player to leave but felt he had no choice because of the Financial Fair Play rules introduced by Uefa in a bid to stop clubs from overspending.

He told the club's official website:

There are rules that have to be respected. I don't think anyone wanted this to happen but we have the Financial Fair Play regulations to follow.

We're all sorry about it: myself, the president, the management and the players themselves. He (Kovacic) and Shaqiri both left for the same reason.

– Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini

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Pellegrini: Man City stars are winners

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini claims his established stars are driven by a hunger to win rather than a desire to prove doubters wrong.

Senior stars such as two-time title winners Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany fell below their usual high standards as City meekly surrendered the Premier League crown last season.

Consequently City were not widely tipped for the title in pre-season but Monday's impressive 3-0 opening win at West Brom has provided a reminder of their quality.

Toure and Kompany were both outstanding at The Hawthorns while another of the cornerstones of their past successes, David Silva, also shone.

Pellegrini said: "All of them, not only Vincent and Yaya and players who had a lot of criticism, they are not thinking about why they were criticised. They are thinking about their performances. They want to be important players and win titles."

City have rejuvenated their squad with the club record £49m signing of Raheem Sterling over the summer. Midfielder Fabian Delph is another fresh face while the club have also been linked with Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne.

Dzeko denies falling out with Man City

Edin Dzeko has joined Roma. Credit: PA

Edin Dzeko dismissed suggestions of a fall-out with Manchester City as he set his sights on silverware with new club Roma at his official unveiling.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international striker completed a season-long loan move to the Italian club on Wednesday, with a view to a permanent transfer.

Dzeko told a press conference: "I didn't have any problems with anyone.

"City are a top club with lots of brilliant players in every position and I was also hampered by injury problems after getting off to a good start.

"I'm in good shape now and I want to do my best for this team.

"I came here because I've been following Roma since (international team-mate Miralem) Pjanic joined. They have a big project for the future with some fantastic players.

"I'm very happy to be here and to help the club reach its targets."

He continued: "I had four fantastic years in Manchester. We won trophies and there were lots of exciting moments.

"Perhaps that's the difference between City and Roma at the moment, their success in winning things. But if we all work hard, hopefully we can do something similar here at Roma.

"I played against this team in the Champions League last year and I thought they were an excellent side. And this year I think it's even stronger than last."

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