Things that make you go hmmm...
- 28 March 2013 08:24
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
It’s funny what a difference twelve months makes.
This time last year, the talk was all about the title race and which of the Manchester clubs would hold their nerve, but fast-forward to the present and a 15-point gap has seen many journalists look for other angles.
There seems little doubt Roberto Mancini will want to recharge City’s batteries during the summer, but there are suggestions today that the Blues may be looking for a new manager as well as players.
Neil McLeman in the Daily Mirror writes that Monaco, who he says have shown interest in City boss Mancini before, will return for the Italian at the end of the current campaign.
He reports: “Mancini has been offered a £170m transfer fund to take a gamble and move to Monaco next season.
“Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev tried to lure the Manchester City boss to the Cote d’Azur last year.
Now, the man ranked the 97th richest in the world by Forbes has returned with a stunning new offer of that vast kitty for signings, plus a three-year deal worth £22m in wages
And the papers return to the speculation that Yaya Toure is far from certain to be playing for City next season.
The Mirror’s Dave McDonnell reprises the story.
“Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are keen on the 29-year-old, who insists he has not decided on his next move," reports McDonnell.
‘No, I did not head to PSG,’ said Toure, following Ivory Coast's 3-0 World Cup qualifier win over Gambia. ‘You know that with the approach of the transfer window, there are many things that are said.
‘We are professional and so far I have not given any agreement with any club.’”
Meanwhile, Phil Thomas in The Sun concentrates on former City defender Stefan Savic’s comments about Montenegro team-mate Stevan Jovetic who has been linked with the Blues numerous times over the past 18 months.
“Savic, a team-mate of Jovetic at Fiorentina as well as at international level, insisted: ‘Jovetic is one of my closest friends and I would recommend City to him.
They are a rising team, one of the best clubs in Europe. They will win trophies and be in the Champions League every year
Finally, if Christian Benteke does decide to quit Aston Villa this summer, City – and a host of other top clubs – are believed to be interested in signing the powerful Belgian.
Simon Jones, writing in The Sun suggests: “Tottenham are among the clubs chasing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
“Inter Milan and Manchester City have also declared an interest in the coveted Belgian. The striker has impressed despite Villa sitting near the foot of the table.”