- 24 August 2012 09:01
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
It’s a relatively quiet morning for Blues news as we prepare for our first away fixture of the season, but there are a few stories worthy of note.
Firstly, there could be some good news for Roberto Mancini as it seems Bayern Munich may have given up their attempt to steal the signature of the City chief’s prime transfer target Javi Martinez.
It’s been widely reported over the summer months that the versatile midfielder, who can also play in defence, was top of Mancini’s wanted list.
“Bayern Munich admitted (on Thursday night) they were beginning to despair of prising Martinez away from Bilbao,” claims the Mail’s John Edwards.
“While Bayern agreed to meet the 40million euros (£31.4m) release clause in Martinez’s Bilbao contract, City baulked at such an asking price.
“However, the door has been left ajar for City after Bayern failed to resolve a hitch over how the fee should be paid.”
The notion that the Blues aren’t finished in the transfer market just yet is backed up by The Express who claim that Roberto Mancini has some unfinished business.
“Having cleared out most of the unwanted players he inherited from Mark Hughes, Mancini is now moving on to some of his own signings,” alleges Richard Tanner.
“With one week left before the transfer window closes, Adam Johnson, Edin Dzeko and Stefan Savic could all be plying their trade elsewhere next month.
“Mancini has lined up Swansea’s Scott Sinclair as a replacement, with Sinclair indicating he would be happier than Johnson to be a squad player.”
Elsewhere, there is mention of this weekend’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield, with Irish media outlet RTE suggesting Roberto Mancini is expecting a tough test.
"We always play a tough match in the second game,” said Mancini.
"Liverpool will be a very strong game."
Finally for now, injured City striker Sergio Aguero has been called up for his country’s World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru next month.
The Argentina international sustained a knee injury in City’s season opener at home to Southampton on Sunday, but that hasn’t stopped the national coach from including him for the upcoming fixtures.
“Alejandro Sabella has called up the 24-year-old to play at home against Paraguay on September 7th before travelling to face Peru on September 11th,” reports Sky Sports News.