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Clichy targets title charge

  • 14 March 2013 09:03
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Gael Clichy is eyeing the next four Premier League fixtures as critical in a title race that is still far from over, according to reports this morning.

The Blues face Everton, Newcastle, Manchester United and Wigan in the next few weeks, and with last season’s dramatic triumph fresh in the memory, the defender reckons that history could repeat itself.

Stuart Brennan writes in the Manchester Evening News: “Clichy has challenged the view that United are in a stronger position than they were on Easter Sunday last season, following City’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal which saw  a seemingly unbridgeable gap open up.

“‘If you look at the scenario, it is actually not that much different from last season – eight points behind with six games to go last year, 12 behind with ten to play this time around,’ said Clichy.”

Meanwhile, there is some more transfer gossip for Blues fans to sift through this morning.

Beginning at home, the Guardian reports that City are planning significant changes in personnel this summer, with Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri and Gareth Barry all set to move on.

Tevez

The paper’s Jamie Jackson explains: “While Barry, Tevez, and Joleon Lescott all have a year remaining on their deals in the summer, Kolo Touré, Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge will all be out of contract then and are certain to depart.

There are also doubts over Mancini's desire to persevere with Nasri, Dzeko, Maicon, and Scott Sinclair, due to uneven form, and John Guidetti, whose injury problems have made it difficult for him to force a way into the manager's plans.”

But the Blues could be scuppered in their plans to bring key figures in as replacements – according to the Daily Express, which reports that Juventus are keen to swoop for Napoli forward and reputed City target Edinson Cavani.

Charles Perrin writes: “Cavani is the one of the most sought-after forwards in the European game with a whole host of European clubs clamouring for his signature.

“Roberto Mancini has had his eye on Cavani for a while, as he seeks to boost his attacking options.

“But Juve it seems have other ideas, with club director Pavel Nedved.”

Remember, we’ll be the first to bring you any official transfer news this summer on mcfc.co.uk!

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