Manchester City look to sell ‘troublemaker’ Elano

Manchester City midfielder Elano

Despite a recent return to form, Mark Hughes wants to offload the Brazilian for his perceived influence over compatriot Robinho

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 08:32 ON Thu 30 Apr 2009

Manchester City will look to offload Brazilian midfielder Elano in the close season despite the player recently returning to top form. Eastlands boss Mark Hughes has long identified Elano as a negative influence on his compatriot Robinho, and will not renew the 27-year-old's deal, despite the player wanting to stay with the club...

Mounir El Hamdaoui, AZ Alkmaar's striker who tops the Dutch league's scoring table with 22 goals, is being tracked by both Liverpool and Arsenal. The 24-year-old, who spent a year at Tottenham and also played for Derby, would provide cover at both clubs for their main striking options...

The transfer window looms, so it's time for moneybags Manchester City to wave their chequebook around. Mark Hughes is said to be in talks with Sporting Lisbon about their 22-year-old Portuguese international Miguel Veloso. The player's agent has said the midfielder will leave Lisbon in the summer, and City, Arsenal and Spurs are the likeliest destinations for the £15m-rated man...

West Ham's first team coach Steve Clarke has joined his manager Gianfranco Zola in committing his future to the cash-strapped east London club. Clarke joined the Hammers from Chelsea, where he worked under Jose Mourinho and was well-regarded by players and fans alike...

Liverpool will look to replace Xabi Alonso with Marseille's playmaker Lorik Cana, should the Spanish midfielder be lured to Juventus in the close season. The 25-year-old Albanian international has an almost identical playing style to Alonso, and would cost the Merseyside club £10m - less than they would hope to recoup from the sale of Alonso... · 

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