City hope to complete the signing of Argentinian goalkeeper Caballero in a deal worth up to £10million, says the Daily Mail. But Malaga owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani has made a last ditch attempt to keep the player.
City are believed to have agreed a £6m fee for the keeper – who is set to rival Joe Hart for the No 1 sport at City – and the deal could rise to as much as £10m depending on appearances.
But Al-Thani insists: "It is completely false that me as President and therefore Malaga want to transfer our goalkeeper Willy Caballero for economic reasons.
"It is my desire as president and therefore the desire of Malaga that Willy Caballero not only stay with us next season but until he retires from professional football because for us he is the best goalkeeper around the world but also an extraordinary person off the field, which makes him essential in any team."
He added: "The final decision is in his hands because the last word and the final decision has Willy Caballero.
"Whatever your decision, me and through this statement want to tell you that our desire is you stay here with us, but always you have the doors open in Malaga because this is your home."
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