Mancini to entice rival with £30 million plus Milner offer

06 May 2011

According to The Daily Star, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will endeavour to sign Tottenham Hotspur sensation Gareth Bale in the summer, by offering his Premier League counterpart Harry Redknapp £30 million plus James Milner.

The aforementioned source intimates Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also considering a move for the recently announced PFA Player of the Year, but the Scot is fully aware of his club’s inability to match their bitter rival’s superior financial muscle in the upcoming transfer market. Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan have also been credited as admirers.

The Star claims Mancini believes Bale would be the final piece in his richly assembled jigsaw to propel the fourth placed Eastlands club to the summit of English football, and such is his desire to sign the 21-year-old he will offer James Milner to the North London Premier League club plus a £30 million fee.

Milner has struggled to nail down a regular starting berth at City, since his big money move from Aston Villa last summer, and Mancini is ready to use the England international as bait to land Bale according to the Star.

A source close to Mancini reportedly told the Daily Star: “Gareth Bale is the one player Manchester City want to sign above all.

“Roberto Mancini knows he is one of the best young stars in Europe and will break the bank to get him.

“It doesn’t matter what he is valued at or how many other clubs are interested because he knows no-one can match City when it comes to competing financially.”