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Manchester City are in talks with Chelsea over a deal for Wayne Bridge, Sky Sports News sources understand.

Mark Hughes is known to be a long-term admirer of the England international left-back and is expected to spend heavily in the January transfer window.

City are keen to improve their squad defensively, with the club's backline having failed to convince over the course of a season that has seen them concede 30 league goals to date.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News earlier on Thursday, Hughes confirmed he was hopeful of bringing in new players sooner rather than later.

It is expected Hughes will return to former club Blackburn in a bid to land Roque Santa Cruz, but it is the Bridge deal that looks closer to completion.

Bridge is well regarded at Stamford Bridge but has almost always had to play second fiddle to Ashley Cole, since the left-back's move to the club from Arsenal in 2006.

Backed by the Abu Dhabi United Group it is expected City will be by far the biggest spenders in the transfer window.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_4730761,00.html
 

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great signing for them!thats the best type of signing they could hope for tbh! middle teams star players or else fringe players of the big four
 

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spellbound said:
If they sell Bridge maybe the Chelsea players wont have to pay for that tea and sandwich anymore :rolleyes:

I love that story lol!!

John terry in the cafe at the training ground asking for sausage and chips and a milky way .

Then relising he has no money on him and is turned away lol!!
 

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red dave said:
I love that story lol!!

John terry in the cafe at the training ground asking for sausage and chips and a milky way .

Then relising he has no money on him and is turned away lol!!
Or call Roman asking if he's allowed to put it on his tab...and promise to pay back as soon as he get his paycheck. :p :D
 

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He'd be a very good signing for them, he's pretty underrated in my book. They don't have that good full backs so he'd definitely get in their starting XI.
 

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He's going to be a good signing for them.

He's a good LB. He'll need to get match-fit, but once he does he'll be a good signing. He's certainly a better LB than Ball, so they've improved one area of the team.

But something tells me he's going to be the first of many.
 

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If City want to be the "new" Chelsea why are they buying up all the players who weren't good enough for Chelsea?

Don't get me wrong Bridge is a very good left back but what they want is a world class left back.
 

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If City want to be the "new" Chelsea why are they buying up all the players who weren't good enough for Chelsea?

Don't get me wrong Bridge is a very good left back but what they want is a world class left back.
Didnt Chelsea buy Bridge coz he was a 'top player' too?:D And then they bought the man more greedy then Ronaldo and Bridge ended up in the cold at the Bridge. :D
 

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Well City will definetely be a new Chelski...but they defintely will remain the low performance City. Maybe they'll qualify for the Uefa Cup...MAYBE:D
 

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Big Phil in a Russian to spend Wayne cash! Chelsea eye CSKA Moscow star Zhirkov with money from Bridge deal

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is ready to turn to CSKA Moscow's Yuri Zhirkov after last night agreeing to sell defender Wayne Bridge to Manchester City for £12million.

Full back Bridge is due at the City of Manchester Stadium on Friday to thrash out personal terms, thus ending what has been a largely frustrating five-and-a-half-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

When the deal - revealed by Sportsmail on Thursday - is finalised, Scolari will be given money to spend.

more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1104003/EXCLUSIVE-Bridge-goes-Chelsea-boss-Scolari-moves-Russian-Ronaldinho.html
 

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I heard the fee was £12m, which even though Bridge is a decent player, I think about £8m is about right.

As for Zhirkov, he'd be a great signing. He's a very good player imo.
 
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