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Manchester City eye 40m Sevilla star Perotti to fill hole left by Robinho

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09 Mar 2010 10:41:30

Manchester City eye 40m Sevilla star Perotti to fill hole left by Robinho

Pointing the way: Diego Perotti Manchester City are tracking Sevilla star Diego Perotti as a potential replacement for Robinho, according to sources in Spain. The 21-year-old has been a revelation in La Liga this season, impressing as a two-footed left winger and breaking into the Argentina side. Sevilla handed Perotti a new contract to 2015 before the winter transfer window,  increasing his buyout clause to more than £40million in an attempt to see off reported interest from City, Arsenal and Real Madrid. However, that has not deterred City, who have continued to track the starlet and are preparing to make a move at the end of the season, according to well-connected radio station Cadena Ser. Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido insists Perotti is not for sale and the player's agent said: 'Diego has just renewed his contract. 'It is true that he is doing well and caused a sensation, but his aim is to stay at Sevilla for at least another year. He doesn't want to leave this summer.' Sensation: Sevilla's Diego Perotti (right) shows his skills in La Liga City may have to plan for a future without £32.5million Britishrecord signing Robinho, who is keen to extend his loan spell at Santosbeyond the current agreement to early August. However, theyhave already added 22-year-old Adam Johnson, who has impressed sincejoining from Middlesbrough for £6million on transfer deadline day lastmonth. Reports in Spain have also linked Chelsea to Perotti.  Chelsea and Manchester City could be banned under new UEFA rules Why Premier League bosses are going crazy for the inside-out wingersRibery admits Chelsea temptation as he heads for crunch Bayern Munich talks Arsenal and Manchester City must shell out £43.5m for Sevilla's PerottiMANCHESTER CITY FC


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