Manchester City on verge of signing former Man U midfielder Owen Hargreaves
Manchester City are close to completing the most remarkable transfer of the summer after the former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves underwent a medical prior to moving to the Etihad Stadium.
Hargreaves has been available on a free transfer after his contract at Old Trafford expired, and had been forced to resort to proving his fitness in a series of videos posted on YouTube in a bid to attract an offer from the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Leicester.
Roberto Mancini, though, is prepared to offer the former England international the chance to revive his career at the highest level with a one – year deal at the world’s richest club, with an agreement on highly incentivised personal terms expected soon.
Hargreaves joined Manchester United for £18 million in 2007 with his career at its peak as an England regular and a Champions League winner with his former club Bayern Munich.
Persistent injury problems – including chronic tendinitis of the knee – restricted him to just 26 starts in four years at the club, though, and he was not retained this summer despite offering to play for free.
Manchester United have been looking to recruit another defensive midfielder as cover for Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong and Yaya Toure and Mancini had revealed an interest in the Roma player Daniele De Rossi in an interview in Italy last week.
The Italian has been told, though, that there is no money for such a lucrative deal and he has now turned to Hargreaves in a bid to complete his squad.
The medical, taken at the private Bridgewater Hospital in south Manchester, finished this morning and is likely to have been particularly stringent, given Hargreaves’s past. The player was then expected at the Etihad Stadium to discuss personal terms.