Something in the air, Fernando?
- 25 November 2012 10:00
- Posted by David Clayton
One story in particular jumps out of the Sunday City Press round-up – especially as it’s about a striker the Blues will be trying to stop at Stamford Bridge today.
Almost all of the big guns have picked up on Roberto Mancini’s admission that he was interested in signing Fernando Torres from Liverpool a couple of years ago.
Some journalists have gone down the route that the City boss would consider another move for the Spaniard if he became available again, while others, such as The Sun’s Martin Blackburn go down the Rafa Benitez route and stick with the facts.
Writes Blackburn: “Mancini admits he has always been a Torres fan and once weighed up a move for him. In the end, the huge transfer fee and City’s need for a target man saw the Etihad chief opt to pay £27m for Edin Dzeko instead.
“Mancini said: ‘Was I ever interested in Torres? Yes, two years ago we had a chance. There was one moment it could have happened but then we decided on other players. The price was too high, yes.
“’So instead we went for Edin. We had four or five strikers in mind at the time. We were probably missing a player with different qualities like Edin. He is strong in the air and is different from Fernando.’”
Meanwhile, Paul Hetherington in the Daily Star links the Blues with two high-profile La Liga stars. He writes: “German sources believe City have joined neighbours Manchester United in eyeing his situation at the Bernabeu.
“The arrival at Real of Luka Modric from Spurs has put the squeeze on £30million-rated Ozil, 24. The Germany playmaker was an unused substitute against City at the Etihad Stadium.
“Another man who could soon be on City’s radar is Barcelona striker David Villa, 30, who is frustrated at not reclaiming a regular place after recovering from a broken leg.”
Just a selection of stories but there’s plenty more out there to peruse over your Sunday roast ahead of today’s game…