Transfer Window: Day 24
- 24 January 2013 08:31
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
We begin today with news that City have surged up the Deloitte's Money League after increasing revenue by 51% last year.
"Manchester City's commercial and footballing success has driven its revenues into the top 10 in Europe, according to Deloittes annual Football Money League," reads the story on The Business Desk.
"Winning the Premier League last year, playing in the Champions League for the first time, and the enhanced sponsorship and naming rights deal with Etihad, saw City move from 12th to seventh in the Football Money League as revenues surged by 51% to £231.1m."
Elsewhere, news that Birmingham are in danger of entering administration has reportedly put City on red alert for hot young goalkeeping prospect Jack Butland.
Butland has been tipped as the long-term understudy to Joe Hart for England – and he could be heading for the same role at club level, with the midlands club willing to listen to offers for the 19-year old.
The Championship side could be willing to listen to offers as low as £3.5m for the man who has been capped once for England.
"The only official bid the club have had is the one that was turned down in the summer from Southampton (for £6m), just as I was taking the job,” Birmingham manager Lee Clark said in today’s Mirror.
"That's not to say we haven't had lots of interest in Jack and people asking the question.
"But, in terms of somebody actually putting down that they want to take him and what they're willing to pay, that hasn't materialised.
"With my football manager's head on, I don't want that to happen. But, in terms of the future of the club, it's been talked about already by the chairman that it probably needs to happen."
Sergio Aguero has issued a rallying cry to his teammates, declaring that the Blues can beat Manchester United to the title for the second successive year.
“We won the title off them last season and now we’re in the fight again," Aguero said in the Sun.
“We can regain the leadership of the Premier League from them. City have everything to continue to grow and the best is yet to come."
“I feel the ambition of my team-mates in the dressing room, in training and in the matches.
“I hope that the title we won last season was just the first step.”
In other news, the Balotelli to AC Milan saga rumbles on, with Goal reporting that Zenit St Petersburg’s move for Ignazio Abate could generate funds for the Rossoneri to take the City striker on a permanent deal.
“We thank Zenit and Spalletti for their interest, but the lad will remain in Italy with Milan,” Abate’s agent Claudio Pasqualin said.
“If Zenit raise their offer, then maybe something will change, considering Milan are looking for cash to take Mario Balotelli.
Finally, John Guidetti’s agent has quashed any notion that the Swedish striker could be loaned out in January, insisting that the 20-year old wants to stay in Manchester and fight for his place.
“The player is now recovering from his injury and hopes to be back in about six weeks,” said Anders Carlsson in the Manchester Evening News.
“He wants to stay at the club to try to convince Roberto Mancini.”
Don’t forget that it’s just transfer conjecture until you read confirmed news here on mcfc.co.uk!