Transfer Deadline Day
- 31 January 2014 08:00
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
It's that time again... Transfer Deadline Day. It's one of the most eagerly anticipated days in the football calendar. So, who's on the move according to the papers?
It's no surprise that Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando have made the headlines once again. The Porto duo have been identified as City targets throughout January and with just hours to go until the window slams shut, the world is waiting to see if any bids will be made...
And whilst several media sources (the Mirror, SoccerLens, the Telegraph - I could go on!) are pretty adamant that City will attempt to sign the pair for a joint fee of £46m, the Independent claim that it's unlikely that any large bids will be made.
According to Ian Herbert: "Manchester City will seek to avoid an expensive summer transfer battle with a £38m move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala before the window closes tonight.
"City view the prospects of signing the 22-year-old as slim, with so many clubs seeking to secure his services and Manchester United joining Paris Saint-Germain among those who are interested.
"A move for Porto's Brazilian midfielder Fernando is also a possibility, with City quoted a fee of €15m (£12.4m) for a player who has been the subject of offers from Monaco and CSKA Moscow.
"Porto's willingness to sell may be a problem as the club are contenders for their domestic title, but a deal could be possible if City are prepared to allow Javi Garcia to move to Porto as part of any agreement for Fernando. It helps City's cause that the midfielder will be out of contract this summer."
So the majority are convinced that City are interested but the Independent are brave enough to think otherwise. What's that famous quote? 'Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.' I like it.
As for the rumour itself, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Writes Ben Jefferson: "Reports in Germany suggest that Dortmund are preparing a £17m offer to bring Dzeko back to the Bundesliga.
"But the Westphalia club are not able to match the Bosnian's £7m salary at the Etihad.
"However, Dzeko has reportedly become despondent at City having fallen behind Alvaro Negredo in Manuel Pellegrini's pecking order, with the Spaniard having struck up an impressive partnership with Sergio Aguero.
"And that could see the 27-year-old take a substantial pay-cut to push through the move.
"Dortmund were linked with a move for Dzeko last summer, but were put off by the player's wage demands."
That's an interesting one... I think our Edin seems quite content with life in the Premier League actually.
In other news, Joleon Lescott's future has been a major talking point over the last month but it appears that the England defender may stay at City after all - that's what the Mirror are claiming anyway!
David Anderson believes: "Joleon Lescott is set to stay at Manchester City and see out the remaining six months of his contract at the Etihad.
"Lescott explored the possibility of leaving this month to play more football in a last bid to force his way into England's World Cup squad.
"City were prepared to let him go and Besiktas, West Ham and Fulham all showed interest.
"Tottenham were also linked with a move for the former Everton defender.
"However the centre-half has decided to stay at City until the summer when he will leave on a free transfer.
"Although the 31-year-old has made just seven Premier League starts, he has played five times in the cups this season and could end the campaign with a couple more winners' medals as the Blues chase the quadruple."
Will that topsy-turvy transfer tale take another twist? Only time will tell!
That's all we have for you at the moment. Remember: if any deals are to go through today, mcfc.co.uk should be your first point of call!
City take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday 12 February in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final in March.
Can the Blues avenge the Stadium of Light defeat earlier this season? A night match under the lights at the Etihad and a preview of the forthcoming final - demand is expected to be high as Manuel Pellegrini's side attempt to continue their incredible run.
Don't miss out - ticket details can be found here...