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Boateng Close To City Switch

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed that German international Jerome Boateng is close to agreeing an £11m switch to Manchester City.

The club has been heavily linked with the versatile 21-year-old and it is now thought that City are ready to activate his release clause.

Mancini stated of the Hamburg defender: 'We are quite close to signing him. Boateng is a good player, a young player and strong.

'He plays for the national team and there is a good chance to get him. He can play three different positions; central defence, right full-back or in midfield. If we find a player like that it is better for us.'


Boateng, brother of Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, could be arriving at Eastlands as soon as by the end of the week, with the club determined to push through deals before this summers World Cup.






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Date:Monday May 10 2010

Time: 2:39PM

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He's a big lad, extremely versatile.
Johnny Baguette
It was obvious when Kompany slotted into the the defence how badly we needed a tall powerful defender. Adding another quality youngster like Boateng to the ranks will surely put us on a good footing for next season.
eighthsin
another promising young german player coming to the epl. hope he does not end up like his brother. but jerome plays for the german national team whereas kevin plays for ghana. no disrespect to the ghanian national team, but this itself speaks volume regarding the different class between the two brothers. hope he does well for you (except that when he plays against us, of course :)
hardcore_spurs
German TV is reporting...Bereits am 25. März hatte der kicker exklusiv über die Wechselabsichten von Jerome Boateng zu Manchester City berichtet. Nun bestätigt der Hamburger SV, dass der Nationalspieler den Klub am Saisonende verlassen will. Der 21-Jährige, dessen Vertrag noch bis 2012 läuft, kann für eine festgeschriebene Ablösesumme von 12 Millionen Euro wechseln. Der HSV wollte dem Spieler die Vertragsklausel, nach der er im Sommer für festgeschriebene zwölf Millionen Euro gehen kann, durch eine Gehaltserhöhung und eine Ausdehnung des Arbeitspapieres von 2012 auf 2013 "abkaufen", während dem Spieler und seinem Berater Jörg Neubauer außerdem eine Einmalzahlung vorschwebte. Offenbar aber macht Manchester City von der Klausel Gebrauch. Die Briten haben sich am intensivsten um Boateng bemüht - und sollen den Zuschlag bekommen. "Der Berater des Spielers, Jörg Neubauer, hat uns darüber informiert, dass Jerome im Sommer wechseln möchte", bestätigte nun HSV-Sprecher Jörn Wolf der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. Vor Boateng waren bereits Nigel de Jong und Vincent Kompany vom Hamburger SV zu Manchester City gewechselt.
Tudor
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Tudor
So who will be Citys defence next season? Richards, Toure, Boateng, Bridge, Zabaletta, Kompany, Lescott? Or will some of those be leaving? If you guys bring in at least one top full back like Maicon or Abidal, you'll have a REALLY strong defensive base.
tuscan3000
I think a top class left-back is on the cards. Bridge has been inconsistent and injury prone. Dont see anyone leaving but you never know. We dont need to sell to raise money anymore at least.
eighthsin
not seen him play how good is he? what i think we really need is another Patrick Vierra but a little younger who can run
Jimbofish
I think that was Mancini's intention trying to sign Mariga in January. He obviously recognises the lack of height in our team and its a top priority to get some big physical players at the club. That sort of thinking is why I have every faith in Mancini.
eighthsin
very good that Tudor, but my German is a tad weak at the moment, any chance of a translation to English? if you would be so kind...... lol
cityman51
In essence Cityman51 what the broadcaster is saying is that MCFC is the biggest club in England and within a couple of years time City will conquor the world!! The German international is in awe and can't wait to play in the Premier League and for City. (lol)
Tudor
Boateng should slot in easily at city with kompany and de jong being there. Hes actually taller than kompany! Id still like to see city sign a experienced centre half like walter samuel or alessandro nesta. I wouldnt shed tears if toure or richards were sold to make way. A left back and right back are needed now.
Super City Slicker
Vey Very good player. Happy with this signing. Have Hamburg let us down in the past? Exactly.
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