Transfer Window: Day 20
- 20 January 2014 08:07
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Eleven days of the January Transfer Window left and the football world wonders – when will the merry-go-round finally kick into life?
Like a game of chess, top managers are watching their opponents carefully with one stellar signing likely to kick off a chain of events – the question is, will City be part of it if and when it does?
The early indications are that the Blues will have a quiet window, though Turkish Football.com still believe Joleon Lescott could be moving to warmer climes.
They report: “Beşiktaş will make a final offer for Manchester City defender Lescott according to Lig Tv.
“The Black Eagles have been closely linked with Lescott over the transfer window and the England international is free to speak to clubs this month, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
“Lescott is also reported to be close to reaching an agreement with West Ham.”
The MEN’s transfer gossip column suggests one or two deals could be in the offing as they write: “Things have been largely quiet at the Etihad Stadium. But that's not to say that things won't heat up - with all manner of names still being linked with moves to City this month.
“Here, we round-up the latest rumours doing the rounds.With Southampton thrown into chaos by Nicola Cortese's departure, Manuel Pellegrini is looking to capitalise by capturing young left-back Luke Shaw.
“Another youngster, Diego de Girolamo of Sheffield United, could also be on his way to the club this month if interest from United is seen off.
“This next report claims that one such deal is already done - with Nigerian starlet Chidiebere Nwakali having allegedly agreed to a move.
“But nobody will be making way in Pellegrini's squad, with the Chilean eager to retain the likes of Jack Rodwell.”
The Daily Star carry the story, reporting: “The former Barcelona star has now scored 14 goals this season to compliment his power, pace and ability to dominate midfield like few others can.
“Zabaleta reckons he is the complete player and someone who can lay claim to being the best in his position in the world on current form.
“He said: ‘He’s one of the main players in the team. He’s really good going forward. He’s scored 14 goals this season and for a central midfielder that’s fantastic.
‘Yes probably he’s one of the best in the world. He’s a complete player. He’s been really good for us, he can create things from the back.
‘We’ve been surprised by his free-kicks too, he’s scored four or five - you can’t ask for any more.’”
CITY v WATFORD: With great family prices for the FA Cup 4th round tie with Watford on 25 January (3pm kick-off), the Blues are expecting another bumper gate for the visit of the Hornets.
Last season, almost 47,000 packed the Etihad Stadium for the FA Cup third round tie with Watford and with kids prices starting at just £1 and adult prices starting at just £15, demand is likely to be high as the Blues look to progress to the last 16 of a competition that has seen City feature in two Wembley finals in the past three seasons.
Don’t miss out – details here