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Manchester City agree Santa Cruz switch - report

Abu Dhabi-owned club eyes 27-year-old Paraguayan football international.

Premiership football club Manchester City have agreed a deal with Blackburn to buy striker Roque Santa Cruz, according to a report.A BBC Sport report revealed the news, adding that the Paraguay international was the subject of a number of bids from City in January but Rovers boss Sam Allardyce refused to sell Santa Cruz.

The 27-year-old's buy-out clause in his contract is as high as £18m ($30m), the BBC Sport website reported.

According to the ESPN Soccernet website, Paraguayan striker Santa Cruz has agreed a four-year deal with Blackburn Rovers on 28 July 2007 after completing a £3.5mn deal from German giants Bayern Munich.

Earlier, Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak had said the club will buy up to six new players this summer but will not be prepared to pay inflated transfer fees.

Early this month, Manchester City, completed a £12m ($20m) move for Aston Villa’s England midfielder, Gareth Barry.

Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed al Nahyan, through Abu Dhabi United Group, took over Manchester City from former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in September, a deal exclusively revealed by Arabian Business.

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