Transfer Window: Day 7
- 07 January 2014 08:36
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
January’s transfer window may have swung open seven days ago but it’s fair to say that it’s been a slow burner so far.
No deals have gone through involving City and it’s pretty quiet elsewhere in the Premier League as managers and directors of football identify their targets and enter into the time-honoured game of brinksmanship with clubs across the globe.
However, a new name has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in the last 24 hours – that of FC Groningen’s 17-year old forward, Richairo Zivkovic.
The 'new Arjen Robben', it says here...
The Netherlands under-19 international is said to be interesting PSG and Barcelona, as well as another English heavyweight, according to talkSPORT.
“Zivkovic, who is currently on the books at Robben's former club Groningen, became the youngest player to appear for the Dutch club in their history when he made his bow aged 16 in 2012,” the story reads.
“City and Liverpool have both monitored the forward, who has scored five times in the league this season."
...talkSPORT - 7 January 2014...
“His agent revealed in November that several clubs from Holland, Russia and England have monitored the precocious 17-year-old, who is under contract at 2016.”
I'm guessing the "new Arjen Robben" tag derives from him playing for Groningen, as well as being Dutch and fast...
Moving on... it looks as though the links with Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso may have reached their natural conclusion as the former Liverpool man looks set to agree a new deal with the La Liga giants.
Alonso is out of contract at the end of the season and reports in Spain had suggested a cut-price move to City could be on the cards but according to James Dickenson of the Daily Express, the 32-year old could sign a new two-year deal very soon.
“Reports have linked Alonso with a return to the Premier League with his current deal at the Bernabeu set to expire at the end of the season,” Dickenson scribes.
“The former Liverpool star is a target for his old club and Chelsea, while United and City have also been mooted as suitors.
“However, according to sources in Spain, Real are ready to hand Alonso a new two-year deal and a pay rise.”
For your viewing pleasure, the Independent have rounded up a list of players City could move for in January – a list which reads like an “MCFC What the Media Says” Greatest Hits compilation.
Included on their list is Matuidi, Iker Casillas, Mats Hummels, Eliaquim Mangala, Daniele De Rossi and Pepe.
"No Edinson Cavani? Perhaps they’re saving him for the encore."
...What the Media Says - 7 January 2014...
Finally, Sports Direct News are linking City (Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal) with Basel defender Fabian Schaar.
That’s all for today, don’t forget that you can still book your ticket for City’s Capital One Cup semi-final against West Ham tomorrow.
Tickets can be purchased online here, or by phone on 0161 444 1894* (option 1, option 1, option 2) until 9am on Wednesday 8 January.
From 9am tomorrow, tickets can be purchased in person only at the Stadium Ticket Office only, located in BT City Square (behind the stage) which is open until 15 minutes after kick-off.