Theo free to join the Blues?
- Sat 22 Sep 2012, 8:24AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
City linked with Arsenal winger, no problem between Mancini and Mario and former Blue calls title win his greatest day in football - despite being on the other team...
Theo Walcott is not expected to start for Arsenal against City in Sunday’s game but there’s a suggestion in today’s Daily Mirror that he could be playing for the other side when the fixture is played in 2013/14.
Journalist John Cross thinks that Walcott will be the subject of a two-way battle between Chelsea and City if he allows his contract to run out this summer.
“Arsene Wenger has given Theo Walcott a two-month ultimatum to sign a new deal - or risk being sold in January,” writes Cross.
“It will increase the likelihood of Walcott leaving Arsenal - Liverpool will make an offer in the winter window, Manchester City are lining up a mega-bucks contract for a summer Bosman and Chelsea also fancy him."
"I haven't picked him, it's true, and it's quite a good question," said the Frenchman. "I still hope to sign him and the next two months will be vital because, after that, the longer this situation lasts the more difficult it is,” said Wenger.
Don’t forget that the only place to get confirmed transfer news is mcfc.co.uk!
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini has dismissed reports that there is a problem between himself and Mario Balotelli, insisting his decision to leave the Italian out of the squad in Madrid was purely tactical.
“It was only a tactical choice, because I only needed two strikers on the bench. Three is too many,” said Mancini.
“We have four top players and usually we played with two and two on the bench, but also we have players who can play as a second striker like Yaya Toure or Samir Nasri or David Silva.
“Yes it is difficult to keep Mario happy. But he went in the stand in Madrid and maybe he can play on Sunday.”
On the ESPN website Ex-City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has stated his belief that the Blues shouldn’t be too downcast after their defeat in Madrid and have plenty to look forward to this season.
Finally, QPR defender and huge City fan Nedum Onuoha has called the 13 May 2012 his greatest day in football. The former Blues defender admits that the day couldn’t have worked out any better, with City winning the title and QPR staying up.
“The relief was just massive,” Nedum said.
“We had stayed up and City had won the title.
“It was such a surreal day for them to win the title; only 10 years ago they were playing away at Grimsby. I’ve seen the dark days and it is incredible to think they have become the best side in England.”