Report: Manchester City to Target Uruguayan Winger Gaston Ramirez

Kyle DegabContributor IIIJuly 28, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Gaston Ramirez of Uruguay celebrates scoring a goal with Ramon Arias of Uruguay during the Men's Football first round Group A Match of the London 2012 Olympic Games between UAE and Uruguay, at Old Trafford on July 26, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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One of the few pieces missing from the Manchester City squad is a highly talented and capable winger.  While Adam Johnson shows signs that he could be that man, he hasn't been consistent on the pitch.  

Goal.com's Dale Jones is suggesting that Manchester City are leading the race to sign Bologna's Uruguayan winger, Gaston Ramirez.  

His agent has stated: 

I think it's always been more likely that Gaston says goodbye to Italy. So much so that now I'm in London to talk with a Premier League club.  I think Ramirez will leave. He is one of the best players and so there are many offers and, again, I think it's unlikely he will remain in Italy.

Ramirez is one of the world's best young talents; his efforts with the Sire A middle-card side, Bologna, did not go unnoticed. Ramirez tallied eight goals to help the small Italian side finish ninth on the table last season.  

It appears as though the 21-year-old Ramirez is quickly outgrowing Bologna, where he has been since 2010.  

While Gaston Ramirez is highly talented and would fill a need for City, there are several other teams inquiring about his availability, including Liverpool, Wolfsburg and Inter MIlan.  

The £25 million price tag, which is believed to be Bologna's asking price, could push teams away from completing this deal.