Express: City to rival Barcelona for Argentine stopper
- 14 September 2013 08:03
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City are set to go head-to-head with Barcelona in an attempt to land Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli – according to today’s reports.
The transfer window may have shut with a bang two weeks ago, but it would seem January is approaching fast, even though very few shops are yet to set out their Christmas ranges.
Ben Jefferson writes: “Barcelona are looking for the long term successor for Victor Valdes, while Manchester City have been linked with a move for Real Madrid keeper Iker Casilas with Manuel Pellegrini seemingly not entirely convinced by Joe Hart.”
The young keeper said: "It is important that I focus on other things. I will look to my goal, which is to play well in the next match against Atletico Rafaela.”
Closer to home, the Daily Mail claims that Joleon Lescott could seek a January switch, even though he has started all three league matches for City so far this season.
The centre-back has put in some imposing performances in the absence of Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic, but the paper’s Ian Ladyman notes that the England international is chasing regular first team football.
He reports: “Lescott has held talks with Pellegrini and sporting director Txiki Begiristain about a new deal to replace the one that runs out next summer.
“But the former Everton star was also told that he will not be first choice when everybody is fit and is therefore happy to explore his options when the transfer window opens in January.”
Remember, when the window does open we’ll bring you news of any confirmed ins or outs at the club first, right here on mcfc.co.uk.
Finally, City’s “beast” Alvaro Negredo has warmed to life in the Premier League, and is ready to nail down a starting berth ahead of today’s trip to Stoke.
The striker has already scored twice from the bench in a City shirt, and added to his tally for Spain during the international break.
The Daily Express quotes him as saying: “I like English football. It’s just what I was expecting – a lot of coming and going. The players have so much quality they can keep the ball and you have to run and run.
“It’s very intense, but I am happy. It’s to my taste and hopefully I will keep getting better.”