Mancini hoping for £25m Silva lining
Published 23:00 28/06/10 By David Anderson
Manchester City have stepped up their bid to sign David Silva after Garry Cook flew to Valencia for further talks.
Cook is trying to agree a fee with the Spanish outfit and is refusing to pay their £30million asking price for the winger.
The Blues' chief met Valencia president Manuel Llorente yesterday and feels £25million is a more realistic price for the Spain star.
Valencia have floated the idea of including Roque Santa Cruz as a makeweight in the deal and are keen on City's Paraguayan striker.
City were given permission last week to speak to Silva's camp and feel they are close to an agreement on personal terms.
Chelsea are monitoring developments and City feel they can trump them with their £160,000-a-week contract offer.