Transfer Window: Day 21
- 21 January 2014 07:46
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Day 21 of a transfer window that is yet to explode into life, and it remains slim pickings for City rumours.
It makes a rather refreshing change, if I’m honest!
There are a few morsels to digest, starting with CaughtOffside’s claim that the Blues are in the market for a goalkeeper.
The report reads: “With Pantilimon having failed to impress City head coach Manuel Pellegrini between the sticks when given his opportunity, the experienced Chilean trainer now wants to lure Lopez to Eastlands, having been impressed with the 32-year-old’s displays in goal for the La Liga giants since the Spaniard controversially took over from Madrid and La Roja legend Iker Casillas at the Santiago Bernabeu this time last year.
“Lopez, who has a contract in the Spanish capital that runs until June 2017, has now appeared in 46 matches in all competitions since returning to the club from Sevilla last January, 36 of which have come in La Liga. However, the Blues also know that they will face stiff competition for the shot stopper’s signature from Borussia Dortmund.”
Hmm, we’ll see…
Elsewhere, the Joleon Lescott story rumbles on.
Apparently the defender has now decided on a switch to Besiktas – that one’s according to the Daily Express, who have translated some reports in Turkey.
As if we could forget, it’s a World Cup year, and Lescott is said to be seeking a move away from the Etihad Stadium to bolster his chances of being selected for Brazil 2014.
Ben Jefferson writes: “Lescott has been linked with both West Ham and the Turkish side since the start of January, but Manuel Pellegrini has resisted letting the 31-year-old leave.
“But reports in Turkey suggest that the player himself has decided that he wants to join Besiktas and will have his agent meet with Pellegrini to try and force through the move.
“The former Everton star's contract expires at the end of this season and Lescott is free to talk to other clubs this month.
“But Lescott is keen for the move to go through before the end of the month, so he can play more regular football in the lead up to this summer's World Cup.”
Finally, another saga that simply won’t go away is that of Southampton defender, Luke Shaw.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the youngster along with the Blues, and now Glenn Hoddle has offered his opinion to talkSPORT.
Hoddle told the radio’s breakfast show: “Luke Shaw will move on, Southampton won’t be able to keep him.
“There are some big clubs in the top four after him. He looks the real deal.
“I don’t think he’ll leave in this transfer window but certainly at the end of the season. He’s got a bright future, which will include England honours.”
That’s about it for today, but we’ll be back at the same time tomorrow with more rumours and gossip to rake over.
Until then, remember you can read about any confirmed deals this January right here on mcfc.co.uk first!
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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.
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