Transfer Window: Day 28
- 28 January 2014 07:56
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Just days to go in the January transfer window, and City rumours remain thin on the ground.
Manuel Pellegrini revealed in his press conference after the Watford game that signing players before the end of this month is not a priority, and today’s round-up doesn’t do anything to contradict him.
However, after raking through this morning’s media with a fine tooth comb, there are a few scraps to keep you going.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are all said to be interested in luring the Turkish international to England, but City are reportedly ready to make their move come summer.
Writes Ben Jefferson: “Manchester City have joined Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan.
“The Turkish international signed a contract extension with the Spanish club earlier this season that saw his release clause increase from £20m to £33m.
“And while that figure has seen clubs reluctant to pursue a move for the 26-year-old, reports in Turkey suggest that City are ready to activate the clause in the summer.”
Probably best to show someone used to the weather of Turkey and Spain round Manchester in the summer, rather than January anyway…
Moving on, and Spurs are said to have joined City in the race for Italian youngster Domenico Berardi.
The striker has been turning heads across Europe with his performances at Sassuolo this season, and the Blues are said to be one of those hoping his eye lands on Manchester – that one's according to Caught Offside.
Reports Ron Carne: “The north London club are understood to be keen to land a new striker in the current winter window after allowing England international Jermaine Defoe to leave White Hart Lane to join Major League Soccer franchise Toronto FC this month.
“However, recently appointed Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood knows that he will face stiff competition from a number of other top-flight outfits in the race to lure the 19-year-old attacking starlet to the capital before the January transfer window slams shut for business for the season once again at the end of the month, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all also said to be keen on Berardi.
“The forward really came to light after finding the back of the net on a remarkable four occasions against Serie A giants AC Milan at the start of the year while turning out on loan for minnows Sassuolo, who own 50 per cent of the Italian, with champions Juventus owning the other half.”
Quite the queue for young Domenico, it would seem!
With our final story today, we welcome Liverpool back to the round-up. The Anfield outfit are City’s main challengers to land Benfica’s Andre Gomes – according to a report at website givemesport.com.
The Reds appear to be the keener of the two sides, and with the Portuguese side apparently keen to sell, the Blues might have to get a wriggle on if they’re to derail Brendan Rodgers.
The report reads: “The 20-year-old has been in fine form for the Portuguese side this season and has inspired the interest of Liverpool and Manchester City.
“However, it is Brendan Rodgers who has been more active in the race for his signature and reports in Portugal suggest that the player is much more likely to be playing at Anfield rather than the Etihad in the near future.
“Following interest from the Premier League rivals, Gomes has been pushing for a move away from the club and his agent has now struck a deal with them for his release.
“Keen to sell players to balance the books, Benfica believe a €15m bid will suffice having already sold Nemanja Matic to Chelsea for €25m in this window.”
Not one to get overly excited about, then. And that, literally, is that for today’s gossip. I did warn you it was slim pickings...
Join us same time, same place tomorrow to see what speculation and rumour awaits in 24 hours. Until then, remember if any deals are confirmed before the window shuts, we’ll be first with the news right here on mcfc.co.uk.