City deal for Bresciano stalls
Italians accuse City over failure
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: August 8, 2007 8:18am
Bresciano: City deal stalls
Palermo have told midfielder Mark Bresciano to return to the club as his move to Manchester City looks set to collapse.
"Manchester City really want Bresciano, but the more time goes on, the more convinced I am nothing will come of it."
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The Italians had agreed terms over the Australian international - who looked se to become Sven Goran Eriksson's ninth signing of the summer at a coast of just over £5million.
However, Palermo have now stated that City have changed their stance and that they are not willing to accept the new terms.
Palermo not happy
"City are not respecting the initial terms of our agreement," explained Palermo's director of sport Rino Foschi.
"The economic plan they proposed today is not the same we had dictated and if the club does not make a step backwards before this evening [Tuesday] is over, I will no longer give my blessing to the transfer. We are not willing to wait any longer. Rules must be respected.
"Manchester City really want Bresciano, but the more time goes on, the more convinced I am nothing will come of it.
"These are not the right conditions to reach an agreement, even if we tried to make the player happy. It's difficult to see another ending to this, so the player should meet us at training from Wednesday."
Told to stay
Foschi insisted there were no problems with keeping Bresciano at the club.
"Bresciano had asked us a while back for this experience in England, but he is nonetheless content at Palermo and is more ready than ever to work with Coach Stefano Colantuono, even if he may be a little bitter," he continued.
"Bresciano should be grateful to the club, because they gave him the opportunity to follow this dream. It was not our fault it didn't come true. I am sure Mark will work hard like the professional he is."