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Manchester City contact claimed by Gastón Ramírez’s agent

May 31, 2012

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• Interest in playmaker ‘also shown by Juventus and Wolfsburg’
• United’s Dimitar Berbatov not wanted by Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester City have made the first move towards potentially signin g Bologna’s Gastón Ramírez, according to the Uruguayan playmaker’s agent.

Pablo Betancourt said: “Juventus and Manchester City have contacted me but there is especially an interesting offer from Wolfsburg and also another one from an important Spanish club. I think considering all the offers, the possibility that he could leave [this summer] could happen.”

This week Roberto Mancini, the City manager, admitted his admiration for the 21-year-old, saying: “He is a good, young player with great potential. In attack, though, we are OK.”

Bologna are said to want around £14m for Ramírez, who is under contract for three more years and scored eight goals in 28 Serie A starts last season.

Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov will not be returning to Bayer Leverkusen, though the Manchester United forward’s future remains unclear. Berbatov played for Leverkusen for five seasons before he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2006. But Wolfgang Halzhauser, the G erman club’s chief executive, said: “We are looking to find a striker, one that works well alongside Stefan Kiessling. However, the return of Berbatov is not an option for us. We are still on good terms with him but he would only be an option if he was available on a free transfer.”

This will not be a possibility as Berbatov is signed on for another year at Old Trafford. He cost £30.75m four years ago and United will be keen to try to recoup around half of that. Read More

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