Rumours abound that now Alvaro Negredo’s broken right toe will prevent Manchester City flogging the Spain international this summer, his sometime La Seleccion teammate Javi Garcia will leave the Etihad in his stead.
For those perplexed as to how the two events could be linked, the Premier League champions’ bulging quota of overseas stars is to blame.
Buying and storing the likes of Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright, whilst also keeping former England full-back Micah Richards on ice, hasn’t done the trick.
With City hoping to buy either Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala or Roma’s Mehdi Benatia to partner Vincent Kompany at centre-half, it looks like Garcia will have to go.
According to reports, the defensive-midfielder/auxiliary centre-half – who cost £16m from Benfica two years ago – has retained the long-term affections of Serie A’s Napoli, but isn’t there a club closer to his current home in need of such a player?
Sami Khedira’s name is currently being fervently hawked around the gossip pages, with Arsenal thought to be the Real Madrid man’s likely destination, and while the German contingent present at the Emirates certainly makes this rumour fit, his potential transfer is fast becoming protracted.
Arsenal may be better off spending less money on a more versatile defensive body such as Garcia, whose capture would also go some way to reversing the worrying trend that has seen Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna swap the Emirates for the Etihad in recent summers.
Garcia played a more significant part in his club’s second Premier League title-winning campaign than many will give him credit for.
The 27-year-old featured in 29 of City’s 38 top-flight fixtures last term, starting just under half of those, and boss Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be reluctant to lose him under such circumstances.
Be that as it may, his loss should be Arsenal’s gain as they look to reinforce a deep-midfield that currently relies on Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, both of whom have passed their 30th birthdays.