Will Zarate return to England?
Man City eye up Argentine ace as Robinho replacement
Mauro Zarate could be in line for a shock return to the Premier League this summer as Manchester City eye the Argentine ace to replace Robinho.
Striker Zarate, 22, carved out an exciting reputation in England on loan at Birmingham for six months from January 2008.
And he has since been a big hit in Serie A with Lazio – scoring in the Coppa Italia final victory last term.
Zarate’s success on loan from Qatar club Al Sadd to the Biancocelesti last season saw Lazio sign him permanently for about £17million.
And City’s new Italian manager Roberto Mancini, a former striker himself with Lazio, is believed to be a big admirer.
Zarate has a £30m buy-out clause in his contract at Lazio.
But City have been assured they could get the international hitman this summer before the World Cup for £18-20m.
Zarate’s UK representative Barry McIntosh has confirmed Manchester City are one of several top-flight clubs interested in bringing Zarate back to the Premier League.
And McIntosh is hoping to continue discussions with a number of managers, including Mancini, about the possibility.
Mega-rich City are keen for another attacking player who can also play on the left after Robinho joined Santos on loan last month.