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City to ‘test’ Arsenal target with players-plus-cash offer – reports

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Everton star Leighton Baines could be set for a move to Manchester City, according to the Daily Mirror, with Arsenal also connected to the star.

Baines was set to stay at Everton next season, with Toffees manager David Moyes insistent that he won’t part with his star players, but City are said to be 'testing' that resolve by making an offer.

While Arsenal have gone very quiet on the transfer from recently, making just one £1 million signing of youngster Carl Jenkinson so far this summer, Manchester City have been even more quiet on who they are dealing with.


While the Eastlands side have admitted to losing out to Barcelona in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez, City are reportedly ready to offer two players and a cash payment for Baines, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy possible sweetners for Everton.

But Arsenal are yet to show their full cards on the market yet, with Arsene Wenger admitting today that the transfer period will heat up towards the end of July, and should Everton need to offload Baines to garner some cash to purchase their transfer targets, Arsenal are reportedly willing to deal without the possibility of giving over players and lowering the cash sum.

City manager Roberto Mancini reportedly sees Baines as a top left-back, and while Arsenal may be looking for a replacement for Gael Clichy, City are hoping that they can outbit any offer put forward by the Gunners.

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