Man City to offer Javi Garcia in deal for star midfielder

by Michael Somerville

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Manchester City are to give unsettled midfielder Javi Garcia a way out of Eastlands by offering him in a player plus cash deal for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye in the summer.

It is believed that a £10m bid plus Javi Garcia would bring Cabaye to the Etihad Stadium. Garcia, 25, has been in and out of the City team this season, making eight appearances since signing from Benfica in a £16m deal.

It has been reported that Garcia is struggling to deal with the squad rotation policy at City and wants to move away at the end of the season. City boss Roberto Mancini is attempting to maintain his team’s morale after the damaging training ground incident with Mario Balotelli and the move for Garcia could improve team momentum. Garcia is viewed by many in City circles as a squad player who provides competition for Gareth Barry and Jack Rodwell but it seems that he wants to be a key man for City or else will seek a move away from the Premier League champions.

Boss Alan Pardew is desperately trying to improve his team’s confidence after dealing with players speaking out about his ‘negative tactics.’

Key Newcastle players such as Demba Ba have criticised the clubs playing style in an interview with L’Equipe claiming the team’s ‘long-ball football’ had damaged the team. Ba forced a £7.5m move to Chelsea shortly after his comments which escaped a fine.
The departure of Cabaye will not go down well with the Newcastle hierarchy who regard the player as a creative lynch-pin and indispensable member of the squad. The midfielder has been linked with moves to Man City, Man Utd and Barcelona in recent months but City are ready to hand Javi Garcia as a ‘sweetener.’ Garcia is desperate for first-team football ahead of Brazil 2014 where he aims to be a part of the defending Spanish champions.

Beleaguered Newcastle fans, who have seen their team win just twice in their last 16 games, do have a small piece of good news with the Frenchman beginning light-training following a groin injury. He could be back in the first team fold by mid-January- earlier than the expected February date.

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