City and Chelsea in transfer battle?
- Fri 22 Feb 2013, 8:02AM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
As City prepare to host Premier League rivals Chelsea on Sunday, there is much talk about their off the pitch scuffles this morning.
“The sub plots whenever Chelsea and Manchester City meet these days are always fascinating,” claims Jonathan Birchall.
“Britain's two richest clubs locked in a battle to establish themselves as the Premier League's brightest and biggest force under a spotlight that always seems to focus on the respective coaches.
“But Sunday's match-up will also this time play prelude to another fascinating contest between the two sides; a summer transfer battle that promises to dominate the headlines and potentially help shape which - if either - will have the best hope of overhauling Manchester United's dominance next season.
“The battle lines have already been drawn, transfer targets established - and, pertinently, shared - with Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani the precious objects of desire.
Meanwhile the Daily Star has linked the Blues with Borussia Dortmund tailsman Marco Reus: “Manchester City have added Marco Reus and Jesus Navas to their summer shopping list,” reports Adrian Kajumba.
“City, led by director of football Txiki Begiristain, have made the improvement of their wide options a main summer priorities.
“And two of Europe’s most highly-rated wide men are at the top of their wish-list and being closely monitored by City scouts.
“Borussia Dortmund and Germany star Reus, 23, is valued at around £30m, while Seville’s Navas, 27, has a £35m buy-out clause in his contract.”
“Balotelli has stressed his affection for Mancini on multiple occasions since departing and, amid reports the former Inter Milan coach is to be dismissed in the summer, the 22-year-old has defended his compatriot,” writes Cliff Hayes.
“The former Etihad striker said of his fellow Italian: ‘“There is nobody better for City. Most importantly, the players like him.”’
“The heat is on boss Mancini after City’s woeful Champions League KO and the crumbling defence of their Premier League title.
“Yet Balotelli added: ‘“If you asked who they want next season, every single player would say Roberto. He’s not just their coach but also their friend.”’