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Manchester City to make summer Gago move

Soccernet staff
February 5, 2010
Fernando Gago nearly joined Manchester City in January © Getty Images
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Manchester City will make another move to sign Real Madrid's Fernando Gago in the summer, having failed to land the Argentine midfielder on transfer deadline day.

City manager Roberto Mancini has been tracking the 23-year-old defensive midfielder and almost signed him on February 1, before negotiations broke down over Madrid's £22 million asking price.

"Gago is a good player for Real Madrid, a fantastic player and we may move for him again in the summer," Mancini said. "There is a possibility to take him then."

Mancini claimed that the club first tried to bring Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga in from Parma - a move which collapsed due to work permit issues on Monday - but that it was refused due to an ''incredible decision''.

"We had two or three targets but our main aim was to bring Mariga to the club,'' Mancini told his club's official website. "We couldn't see any problems so to have the panel rule against granting him a work permit is, I believe, an incredible decision.

"He is a young player and Kenya's most important footballer and considering he's played in Sweden and Italy for the past six years and with relations between Kenya and Britain strong, I just cannot understand why he had his application refused.

"All the top teams in Italy and many others in Europe wanted him so it is very disappointing when we had agreed a deal."

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