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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 August, 2004, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Monaco waiting on Anelka
Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka
Monaco expect to find out on Wednesday if their bid to sign Manchester City's Nicolas Anelka has been successful.

The Champions League finalists want to take the 25-year-old striker back to France and are also keen on Barcelona's Argentina forward Javier Saviola.

"We are waiting for Anelka and Saviola's decisions," a spokesman for the French club revealed.

"We have been conducting parallel negotiations with both players for a while and we should know more soon."

Monaco coach Deschamps would prefer Anelka although City are reluctant to let him go.

Saviola has been told he can leave on a season's loan but the Principality club are not keen on such an arrangement unless Barca pay some of his wages.

"We cannot pay his full wage because as everyone knows Monaco has serious economic problems," sporting director Henri Bianchieri said on Tuesday.

"Last season Fernando Morientes was loaned to us practically free because Real Madrid paid his salary."

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