Transfer Window: Day 22
- Tue 22 Jan 2013, 8:35AM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
The Mario Balotelli saga has taken another twist this morning with reports that an alleged move the San Siro is off.
According to the Daily Mail, the City striker will not be heading back to his native Italy this winter.
“Mario Balotelli's agent claims Manchester City will not sell the striker to AC Milan this month,” claims John Drayton.
“Mino Raiola said: ‘City don’t want to sell Mario. At the minute there is a zero per cent chance of a move.
But who knows what will happen until January 31? There is an agreement between Inter and City, but that does not stop the player from choosing a different destination.’”
The Guardian, on the other hand, believe there is still a chance that Mario could be on his way to Milan in a matter of weeks.
“Mario Balotelli's potential move from Manchester City to Milan may not be decided until the close of this transfer window, according to Mino Raiola, the striker's agent,” writes the paper’s Jamie Jackson.
“There is yet to be any formal meeting between the clubs with the proposed re-signing of Kaká from Real Madrid by Milan potentially a factor in whether Balotelli moves back to Italy.”
Remember the only place you will get any transfer news confirmed as soon as a deal is done is here on mcfc.co.uk.
Elsewhere this morning, the Blues have been linked with a move for Stoke City stopper Asmir Begovic.
“The Sentinel understands that their hierarchy see Begovic as providing viable competition for their England goalkeeper Joe Hart,” the paper reports.
“Any move is likely to come in the summer, at the earliest, after Stoke boss Tony Pulis ruled out selling any of his top players in January.
“But City's interest can only bump up Begovic's asking price and make it increasingly difficult for Stoke to reject any offer.
“Whether the 25-year-old Bosnian could oust Hart at The Etihad, however, is a consideration that could deter him from making that move.”
Finally, City’s Ivorian Coast trio are preparing for their Africa Cup of Nations opening match against Togo later today and Yaya Toure has told African press that his side are determined to show their intention early on.
“Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure says his side are ready to challenge for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations despite the strong opposition that they will face,” reports Nigeria’s Vanguard News.
“The Elephants go into the tournament as one of the top favourites, and the Manchester City star says they are prepared mentally and physically.”
Yaya is joined by brother Kolo Toure and u21 star Razak at the tournament and we will keep you up to date on how the three Ivory Coast internationals fare today and throughout the tournament.