Garcia close to Zenit move
Published 14/08/2014 | 16:51
Zenit St Petersburg appear to be closing in on the signing of midfielder Javi Garcia from Manchester City.
The Spaniard is reportedly undergoing a medical with the Russian club and has already been pictured wearing a Zenit shirt.
The proposed move, thought to be worth around £12million, would end a two-year spell at the Etihad Stadium for Garcia, who joined from Benfica for £15.8million.
Garcia, 27, was signed under former manager Roberto Mancini but never became a regular starter for the Italian or his successor Manuel Pellegrini.
City effectively already have a replacement for Garcia in the squad having signed Fernando from Porto in June.
City begin the defence of their Barclays Premier League crown at Newcastle on Sunday.
Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov agreed fresh terms earlier this summer.
Now striker Edin Dzeko, who is in the final year of his current deal, has suggested that he could be the next to re-sign.
The 28-year-old, signed from Wolfsburg for £27million in 2011, has previously spoken of his desire to stay and now it seems negotiations with the club are progressing well.
The Bosnia international, who scored 26 goals last season, told German magazine Kicker: "We are currently talking about a new contract.
"It looks very good in terms of staying here a bit longer.
"I have been here for nearly four years now, and feel better and better. I will give my all to show what I can do.
"The second half of last season was the best I had in my entire time here, and I want to draw on that.
"I want to get better every year, to score even more goals. I am 28 - my best time is now."