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Mancini fears 'group of death'

  • 30 August 2012 08:41
  • Posted by Nicola McCarthy

With both the Champions League draw and the closing of the transfer window now only a matter of hours away, we have plenty of Blues news to bring you this morning.

With both the Champions League draw and the closing of the transfer window now only a matter of hours away, we have plenty of Blues news to bring you this morning.

We’ll kick off with reports that Roberto Mancini fears his side will end up in the ‘group of death’ when the draw is completed for the group stages of the European competition in Monaco later.

The Blues have been placed in pot two as their UEFA co-efficient, or seeding in layman’s terms, isn’t as high as Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United who all find themselves in pot one.

“Manchester City could face another fearsomely difficult group in today's Champions League group stage draw,” writes The Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke.

“They could be drawn into a group including Real Madrid, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, the champions of Spain, Italy and Germany respectively.”

The draw will take place at 5pm this afternoon and we will be following all the developments on our Twitter account, so join us there where all will be revealed.

Moving swiftly onto transfer news and there are various reports hinting that only a work permit stands between Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic' and a move to the Etihad Stadium.

Matija Nastasic'

The Telegraph reports that the move is as good as done and the 19-year-old could be close to finalising terms with a City player moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

“City will be forced to wait for the green light from the Department of Employment on Nastasic’s work permit before rubber-stamping the transfer,” claims Mark Ogden.

“The transfer will see Montenegro defender Stefan Savic move to the Serie A club as part of the deal.”

Meanwhile, The Mail reports that the Blues have made a formal bid for Swansea’s Scott Sinclair.

“Manchester City are awaiting a response from Swansea City after making a formal £6.2million bid.”

“City believe the offer is reasonable for a player in the last year of his contract, although Swansea have previously ignored the club's advances at a similar price.”

If there are any last minute moves in the market, remember we will be first to bring you the news.

Finally for now, it seems City striker Carlos Tevez has been told to keep his shirt on!

The Mail alleges the Premier League have penned a letter to the Argentine warning that he will be fined if he continues to pull up his shirt to display different messages on his vest.

tevez shirt lift

“Tevez has been careful not to be booked while promoting three impoverished areas - Fuerte Apache, Lugano 1y 2 and Villa La Nata - around his family home in Buenos Aires by keeping the City jersey under his chin,” writes Charles Sale.

“But the Premier League, who were suspicious that there might be a Cyprus holiday resort which is also called Villa La Nata, do not want Tevez to continue with this type of goal scoring celebration.”

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