Transfer Window: Day 16
- 16 January 2014 09:35
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
As we officially pass the halfway point of the January transfer window, there are several stories in the media linking the Blues with new signings.
With Southampton seemingly in turmoil behind the scenes following a boardroom upheaval, the Daily Express cites the Blues as one of several suitors for £20m+ for highly-rated full-back Luke Shaw – though City are mentioned only in the headline as the story is predominantly about how Chelsea lead the race!
Caught Offside believe that another alleged target of the Blues, Virgil Van Dijk, is set to remain with Celtic during this window as they report: “Van Dijk it set to snub speculation linking him with a move to England by admitting he is not looking to leave the Scottish Premier League champions.
“Both Arsenal and Manchester City have been keeping tabs on the 22-year-old this season and have been linked with making bids for him after earning rave reviews on both sides of the border since joining the club from Eredivisie side FC Groningen in the summer.
However, despite being linked to such sides the Dutch under-21 international has admitted that he is not looking to leave the Bhoys anytime soon, though he is flattered by the interest coming from the Premier League
The same website believe that, while City have been linked with Bayern Munich’s Dante, the Pep Guardiola’s side have been keeping an eye of one of our own as they write: “German giants Bayern Munich have been scouting young Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic this season.
“The current Bundesliga and European champions are thought to be keen on adding depth to their defensive options and have been impressed by what they’ve seen of the 20-year-old so far this term.
“Bayern’s talent scout, Michael Tarnat, a former Man City defender himself, played a key part in bringing Jerome Boateng to the club from City in the summer of 2011, and is now apparently already working on bringing the Serbian international to Bavaria.
“Nastasic’s future was cast into doubt this week after manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that the player’s omission from the squad to face Newcastle United was not down to injury concerns.
Finally, off-topic somewhat but worthy of mention is City Under-16s who are currently competing in a tournament in Qatar.
The young Blues began against Chicago Fire yesterday and we’ll let the American side’s website relay the key events: “The Chicago Fire U-16 Academy got off to a promising start in their second match of the Al Kass International Cup, but a strong second-half performance from Manchester City ultimately led to their downfall, forcing a 6-1 loss at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday.
“The Fire U-16s opened the scoring in the fourth minute as midfielder Kevin Timachy finished a rebound off of Djordje Mihalovic’s shot, giving his side a 1-0 advantage. City retaliated at the 26-minute mark with an equalizer from Daniel Barbir, sending both squads into halftime with a tied score.”
We’ll keep you posted of the young Blues’ progress plus all the latest transfer rumours in the coming days.
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.