The newspaper claims that the club are prepared to accept an offer of £23.5m for a player they signed for a reported £7.5m in 2015. "Until they sort that out you can have 10 forwards but it still won't be good enough".
The Brazilian is cup-tied in the Champions League and is not a main priority at this stage in the season for the Manchester club.
Manchester City could be edging closer to striking a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred with news that the Ukrainian giants are close to signing a defensive midfielder with the profile to replace him.
It causes me a lot of concern too!
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It remains to be seen whether or not Arsenal will indeed make a move to try and sign Evans this month, but Merson says he would love to see the Gunners bring the Northern Ireland defender to north London.
Does that mean the deal is dead in the water?
City have also monitored Jean-Michael Seri at Nice and are maintaining a watching brief on Lille's promising teenager Boubakary Soumare. I would because it's a tough game.
The 30-year-old has been courted by City, Arsenal and former side Manchester United in recent weeks as the Premier League sides look to shore up their respective backlines, with league leaders City thought to be the most keen of the trio on his signature.
But Pardew has nothing but praise for his captain over the way he has handled the situation. Other players I've experienced in the past, their emotions get the better of them. You have to remind them that they're letting their team-mates down.
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