Summer window to bring attacking reshuffle?
- 10 February 2013 09:17
- Posted by @porter_MCFC
Today’s City headlines don’t make pleasant reading, with most news outlets choosing to focus on the possible end of the title challenge, after the Blues 3-1 loss to Southampton.
Roberto Mancini admitted yesterday that retaining the title would be “difficult”, and the Guardian reported on a similar theme.
Paul Doyle wrote: “After waiting 44 years to claim the crown of English champions, Manchester City appear to have relinquished it within just 26 matches."
Of Mancini's own verdict, he reported: "Asked to assess City's title chances, he said: 'We have a 10 per cent chance, maybe... We have 12 games, we need to respect our team and ourselves and see what we can do.'"
In the Mail, Patrick Collins’ verdict was: “The statistics insist there is everything to play for, but the faces of the City players were telling a different story. They appeared embarrassed, almost guilty.”
Elsewhere, while the transfer window may be tightly shut, the Sunday papers remained fixed on who may be moving to and from City in the summer.
The Sunday Mirror claims that Edin Dzeko could be offered a Blues exit by Borussia Dortmund, as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski.
Matt Law wrote: “Sources in Germany claim Dzeko is at the top of boss Jurgen Klopp’s list, even though he will have to take a heavy cut to his £120,000-a-week wages.
“Arsenal have also shown an interest in Dzeko, but it would suit the Blues to sell him abroad rather than let the Bosnia international join a Premier League rival."
It’s Christian Benteke who could arrive as a replacement, according to the Sunday People this morning. The Aston Villa striker is being touted as a less expensive option than Edinson Cavani.
Alan Nixon wrote: “Benteke has shone for Paul Lambert’s strugglers since joining from Genk in a deal worth up to £9 million – and City would have to at least double that fee.”
The same paper also reports that Real Madrid are attempting a summer shopping spree which includes David Silva, in a major revamp also to include City target Cavani.
Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri are top of the list for Goal.com’s summer exit speculation. The website reports a possible £35m bid from Monaco for the Blues pair.
“Rybolovlev’s fortunes render Monaco one of the few clubs in Europe who could comfortably match Tevez’s £198,000-a-week salary, while the ability to offer tax free salaries would also aid their attempts to prise two of City’s highest earners,” according to James Goldman.