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New Man City offer falls short for Velez whiz Thiago Almada

Velez Sarsfield have told Manchester City they can only sign Thiago Almada for his buyout clause.

City have failed with a new undisclosed offer, with Velez insisting the midfielder can only leave for his €16m buyout option.

The stand-off is a blow for Sporting CP, which have an agreement with City to take Almada on-loan for the new season.

Sporting president Sergio Rapisarda told O Jogo: "The offer did not meet Vélez's expectations."

Velez management met with Almada's agent Agostin Jiménez on Monday to discuss new terms.

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