Mirror: City chasing United starlet
- 15 September 2013 09:36
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City could swoop for Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj according to reports this morning.
The Belgian youngster rose to prominence on United’s pre-season tour this summer, and impressed in Saturday’s encounter with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Alan Nixon writes: “Januzaj could stun United boss David Moyes by quitting the champions for their major rivals – leaving them to haggle over a low compensation fee.
“Moyes faces a major contract row with Januzaj’s advisers and City hope to pick up the pieces. The teenager has already played in some big games since Moyes arrived – he came on as a 67th-minute sub in yesterday’s win over Crystal Palace – and the new boss does not want to lose him.
“Januzaj has been targeted by some of the biggest clubs at home and abroad but City’s bid is the cause for most United concern.”
Elsewhere in early January transfer news – I’m sure it’s only September – speculation has increased over the future of Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.
The column inches piled up for the Spain stopper over the summer, and now he is still not starting every week for the European giants he could be on the move in January – that one is according to the Daily Express.
The paper’s Charles Perrin claims: “Casillas' future has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, and has been linked to a host of clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City and now Borussia Dortmund.
“The 32-year-old lost his No.1 gloves to Diego Lopez during Jose Mourinho's reign and has struggled to regain his spot in the first team since Carlo Ancelotti took over.
“And now it seems a move could be on the cards for Casillas in the New Year.
"‘I do not know if my son will be born in Madrid or outside Spain, not the day to talk about it,’ Casillas' girlfriend Sara Carbonero was quoted as saying in Marca.”
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Finally, yesterday’s draw with Stoke remains a hot topic as City failed to pick up maximum points at the Britannia.
“For all their supposed defensive frailties it is hard to criticise a third clean sheet in four matches for Manchester City too much but this was far from inspiring stuff at the start of a significant week,” notes Graham Chase.
“Manuel Pellegrini had started with just 14 different players in his team’s first three matches of the season. But the imminent arrival of the Champions League saw five of his front six in the starting line-up for the first time in the current campaign.
“And, with a distinct lack of attacking rhythm on show, it was a solid defensive display that saw them leave with a point after a feisty display from Mark Hughes’s Stoke City, who were somewhat irked by the team that was selected to face them.”