Transfer Window: Day 18
- 18 January 2014 09:23
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Day 18 of the transfer window and we’re surprisingly light on City rumours.
That might have something to do with Manuel Pellegrini’s take on the window at yesterday’s press conference – when he assured journalists that he wasn’t concerned with it at the moment. You can watch the video here.
Still, a detailed search does turn up one or two bits of speculation, so we’ll start with Luke Shaw, a recurring name for a few teams this January!
Adrian Kajumba and David Woods explain: “The crisis-hit Premier League outfit have made it clear they want a world record fee for a full-back, who is seen as the eventual long-term England successor to Chelsea star Ashley Cole.
“The current record of £29.5m was paid by Barcelona for Dani Alves in 2008.
“Manchester City and Manchester United both want the 18-year-old as well.
“Chelsea believe they have the edge though as Shaw is a Blues fan.”
Elsewhere, the future of City starlet Abdi Ibrahim is a hot topic among the media, with a host of clubs at home and abroad said to be interested in securing his signature.
According to the Daily Mirror, interested parties would have to pay £250,000 training compensation to get their hands on the midfielder, said to be attracting the attention of Premier League sides Aston Villa and Swansea.
The paper’s John Cross writes: “The Norway under-21 midfielder has been granted a free transfer but City want training compensation.
“St Etienne, Toulouse, Aston Villa and Swansea are all keen on the powerful midfielder.
“The 22-year-old had been on loan at Strømsgodset. While there he helped the Norwegian side to the title, beating Rosenborg by a point.”
Next up, City and Manchester United are both said to be monitoring the progress of Sheffield United’s promising youngster, Diego De Girolamo.
The youngster is returning from a long term injury lay off, so now’s the time for both to rekindle their interest – at least, if a report in the Daily Mail is to be believed!
(You do have to scroll right to the bottom of an article on Manchester United’s alleged search for a striker to find this nugget though! Happily for you, I’ve done it for you…)
Simon Jones reports: “De Girolamo could add an extra dimension to the Yorkshire derby between Sheffield United and Bradford City tomorrow.
“The 18-year-old, born and bred in Chesterfield, is hoping to be in Nigel Clough's first-team squad after 10 months out with a cruciate ligament injury.
“The teenager, who was being closely monitored by Arsenal, Man Utd and City, caused a stir in 2012 when he opted to play for Italy U18s instead of England after receiving a personal call from the great AC Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi.
“Liverpool and Everton, alerted by his return to fitness, are also due to send scouts to watch De Girolamo.”
Remember, deals are only confirmed when you read it right here on mcfc.co.uk!
Finally, it’s not transfer news, but it is Mario… so I am going to make an exception in this case.
Balotelli is looking forward to the Champions League clash between City and Barcelona as much as the rest of us – and he’s made it clear which team he’ll be supporting over the two legs!
He is quoted at Goal.com as saying: "City can definitely beat Barcelona, and I really hope they do.
"I have a lot of good friends there, so I will be cheering for Manchester City. But it will be a very difficult game."
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