Transfer Window: Day 15
- Tue 15 Jan 2013, 8:34AM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Faced with the possibility of being without skipper Vincent Kompany for three games, there are reports this morning that Roberto Mancini has stepped up his search for a new defender.
The manager will be left with very limited options in central defence if the FA reject City’s appeal over Kompany’s red card at Arsenal.
“FA disciplinary officials are understood to be highly unlikely to over-rule referee Mike Dean’s decision, which means Kompany having to serve a three-game ban,” reports Richard Tanner of The Daily Express.
“That would leave Mancini with only two central defenders, Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic.
“Kolo Toure is at the African Nations Cup and Micah Richards is on his way back from injury.
“Mancini has made no secret of his desire to bring in defensive cover in January, having failed to sign Javi Martinez and Daniel Agger last summer.”
Elsewhere, David Silva has vowed to fight to the end as the Blues look to retain their Premier League title.
In this morning’s Sun, the Spaniard admits the tough task ahead, but says the champions remain fully committed.
“Spanish star David Silva accepts their mission could become impossible if they allow United to move 10 points clear,” writes the paper’s Charlie Wyett.
“City remain seven points behind their neighbours. “But Silva hopes history repeats itself after United let slip an eight-point lead last season.”
Silva said: “We hope that they blow it. All we can do - whatever the gap is - is keep going every game and put them under pressure.” See the full Silva interview.
Finally, website sportsmole.co.uk reports that City striker Carlos Tevez admitted he hopes to return to former club Boca Juniors in the future.
“The Argentinian has just 18 months left to run on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium, and speculation has emerged this week that City are keen to discuss a contract extension with the player,” reveals Matt Cotton.
“The 28-year-old began his career with Boca before leaving in 2004, but Tevez concedes that he would love to play for the club again one day.”