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John Terry asks for permission to speak to City

John Terry has asked for permission to speak to Manchester City about a potential £40m move from Stamford Bridge to Eastlands according to a report in the Sunday Times.

The England captain is said to have held talks over the weekend with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich where he made it clear that he wants to speak to representatives from City in order to assess their offer.

The Blues are willing to make Terry the club's highest paid player but are unwilling to match City's offer of £250,000 per week on top of a £5m signing-on fee. But a number of back pages claim that the England defender is using the interest from the Citizens to negotiate a better deal at Stamford Bridge.

If Mark Hughes fails in his latest bid to bring a big name player to Eastlands this summer City will focus their attention on signing the £20m rated Portugal defender Bruno Alves from Porto.

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