AC Milan veteran Seedorf in shock Man City transfer advisor link

Clarence Seedorf has been sensationally linked with a role with Manchester City.

Clarence Seedorf has been sensationally linked with a role with Manchester City.

The Daily Telegraph says the City hierarchy have been using new manager Roberto Mancini — and AC Milan midfielder Seedorf — as a sounding board and unofficial transfer advisers before they sanctioned any of Hughes’s signings.

This has been happening since the Abu Dhabi takeover in August 2008. For example, the signing of midfielder Nigel de Jong from Hamburg for £16 million last January is believed to have been recommended by Seedorf, while Mancini is understood to have been keen on Emmanuel Adebayor.

At the same time those close to Hughes are blaming chief executive Garry Cook for the failure to sign Kaka and Samuel Eto’o, who had both been in negotiations to move to Eastlands in the past year. The Hughes camp claim they were frozen out late on and the deals collapsed.