City to bid for Falcao?
- Sun 17 Mar 2013, 9:07AM
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City are planning to break the British transfer record with a £52m bid for Radamel Falcao – according to this morning’s reports.
The Sunday People reckons that the Blues are in pole position to land the Atletico Madrid striker now that Real Madrid have lost interest.
“Falcao, 27, is believed to have a 60m-euro get-out clause in his Atletico deal and, with Real refusing to meet that valuation, City believe they can beat off competition from Chelsea to land the hottest frontman in world football,” write Dave Kidd and Tom Hopkinson.
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Elsewhere, the majority of this morning’s media reports make for rather dismal reading for Blues fans as yesterday’s defeat to Everton takes centre stage.
Manchester United beat Reading in the evening kick off by a solitary goal, meaning that the gap has opened up to 15 points with nine league games remaining.
Tim Rich writes in the Independent: “When he leaves Manchester City you will find "Everton" engraved on Roberto Mancini's heart. If this was the afternoon when City surrendered their title, it was appropriate it should have been at Goodison Park.
“Everton have been such a bloody thorn in Mancini's side that they have accounted for a quarter of the points he has dropped as manager of City. Here, even reduced to 10 men for half an hour following the dismissal of Steven Pienaar, Everton still won.”
In the Mirror, Simon Mullock reports: “On Friday, Mancini wore a red nose for Comic Relief.
“Yesterday, he was red-faced with rage as he tore into his players and referee Lee Probert in equal measure.
“Only when David Moyes’ men were reduced to 10 men for the final half-hour did City come up with any kind of response against an Everton team which had plenty to prove, following their FA Cup exit against Wigan.”
On a lighter note, the Manchester Evening News reports on the man who joined the City players on the Goodison Park pitch yesterday for the warm up.
The website explains: “Security staff at Everton escorted a comedian attempting to warm up with Manchester City players off the field prior to this afternoon's Barclays Premier League game between the two sides.
“The man, dressed in City kit, is reported to be comedian Simon Brodkin - best known for his character Lee Nelson. He ran on along the touchline as City's players warmed up at Goodison Park and attempted to join them on the field.
“But his presence soon alerted the interest of stewards and he was led away to be arrested by police.”