City head the queue for Gotze?
- 11 April 2013 08:33
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
One of City’s Champions League tormenters is linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in reports from Germany this morning.
International playmaker Mario Götze helped Borussia Dortmund to the last four of the Champions League this week, with a dramatic last-gasp win over Malaga on Tuesday (meaning half of City’s Group D are in the semis!).
As tweeted by German football journalist Raphael Honigstein last night, it’s thought that City Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain met with officials at BVB to discuss a potential move for the midfielder.
“Manchester City have moved to the front of the queue for Borussia Dortmund star Mario Götze,” Michael Penkman of Sports Mole said.
“It is the Citizens who are believed to be weighing up a €40m (£34m) summer move for the attacker, which would activate a release clause in his contract.
“According to German magazine Kicker, Götze's representative Volker Struth has already met with Txiki Begiristain in order to discuss a potential move to the Etihad Stadium.”
We’ll bring you transfer news first here on mcfc.co.uk when the window re-opens in the summer – as well as news of a more straightforward Champions League group (hopefully) at the end of August.
Elsewhere in today's news, former City boss Kevin Keegan has described the speculation surrounding Roberto Mancini's future as “ridiculous”.
Keegan is baffled by the high turnover of managers in the Premier League and believes that Mancini should remain in position for next season – even if City fail to land the FA Cup.
"You can't win the title every year, you can't expect to in the Premier League - Mancini has done a great job," said the man at this year’s Soccerex conference in Manchester.
"In any other sport, it would be ridiculous to question someone who has won their first trophy in 30-odd years and then won the League.
"Europe was a disappointment, but you're going to get those. Europe was disappointing for United and Chelsea as well. I don't think there's even any question that anything should happen to Mancini.
"It's not easy when so many new players are brought in. They have to gel, and if it was that easy, everyone would do it.
They have had some disappointing performances this year but if I was a Man City fan, I'd wake up every morning thinking there's a lot more to look forward to.
Finally, lead singer of Oasis and Beady Eye Liam Gallagher is not giving up on a Premier League and FA Cup double.
[Insert witty one-line-Oasis-song-title pun here].