MEN: Rami a defensive option for Pellegrini
- 23 August 2013 08:55
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City headline writers continue the obsession with central defenders in this morning’s reports.
The Manchester Evening News has suggested a number of candidates – all who will be extremely familiar to readers of this media round up – but adds the name Adil Rami to the list.
A French international and regular for Valencia, Rami is said to be another option for Pellegrini if Pepe and Martin Demichelis command large transfer fees.
The paper’s Simon Bajkowski writes: “The Frenchman has experience playing at a high level for Valencia and at 27 is younger than City's other transfer targets. Pellegrini has had plenty of first hand experience of watching him in action, having come up against the defender in La Liga in recent years.
“However, he will have to act fast to sign him; a number of Premier League clubs are also interested, while Rafa Benitez is very keen on taking him to Napoli.”
Elsewhere, the future of Gareth Barry remains a hot topic among the nation’s press, with the Daily Mail claiming that City will wait to see if any bids arrive for the midfielder before the transfer window slams shut before allowing him to join Everton on loan.
The Blues are said to be keen on a permanent deal for the England international, who seeks regular starts ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Chris Wheeler reports: “Manuel Pellegrini has given Barry the option to stay and fight for his place, but the 32-year-old is likely to seek a move away from the Etihad Stadium as he tries to regain a place in the England squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
“Everton want to take Barry on a season-long loan but it is understood that City would prefer a permanent sale because the player is in the final year of his contract and a loan deal will be of little benefit to them.
“They are prepared to wait until late in the transfer window to see if there are any bids for Barry, who was has already been linked with Arsenal and his old club Aston Villa this summer.”
Remember, we’ll be first with any confirmed ins or outs at the club before the transfer window closes on mcfc.co.uk!
Finally, as we approach the second weekend of the new season, attention has already begun to turn towards City’s clash with Premier League newcomers Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.
The Welsh side had a tough start to their top flight career with a 2-0 loss away to West Ham, and it seems Wales Online’s Sports Editor, Paul Abbandonato, is not feeling confident after watching City’s scintillating performance against Newcastle in Monday’s opening fixture.
“I can’t recall the last time I firmly expected the Bluebirds to lose a match at their Cardiff City Stadium lair the magnificent fans, buoyed by Mackay’s demonstrative passion, have helped turn into such a fortress,” he explains.
“But Manchester City first up is as tough as it gets. To be honest, if you offered me a gallant 2-0 loss right here today, I’d accept it.
“Defeatist? Yes, I suppose it is, of sorts. But there are times in sport when you just have to be pragmatic, hold up your hands and accept the other team is infinitely superior.
“What I just fervently hope we don’t have is a four or five-goal battering, with the Man City Galacticos carving open the Bluebirds back four time and time again. Which, believe me, the brilliant Sergio Aguero and his mates are more than capable of doing.”
We’ll bring you news of what Manuel Pellegrini has to say ahead of the game later today, right here on mcfc.co.uk.