Transfer Window: 8 January
- 08 January 2014 09:05
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
The transfer window is eight days old. We've heard plenty of tales so far but what gossip can we bring you today...?
We'll start with the 'news' that City and Arsenal are said to be interested in Celtic defender, Virgil van Dijk.
According to Blair Esson of the Express: "Both clubs have sent scouts to monitor the impressive form of the Dutchman this season.
"The Hoops signed van Dijk for just £1.6m from Groningen last summer and have put him on a long deal.
"He is contracted to three more seasons with them, with an option for another year. The 22-year-old’s form has impressed Celtic manager Neil Lennon so much that he expects a call to come from Netherlands counterpart Louis van Gaal."
Moving on... the future of Joleon Lescott has once again made headlines but today, there seem to be contrasting stories flying around.
The interest in the defender has been one of the top tales in this transfer window so far but whilst some are suggesting that he could be on his way out, others are claiming that Manuel Pellegrini has no intention of letting him go.
Whilst the Manchester Evening News write: "Joleon Lescott’s Manchester City future is in the balance", the Sun argue: "Manuel Pellegrini has told West Ham to forget about signing Joleon Lescott any time soon."
According to Stuart Brennan of the MEN: "West Ham are hopeful that City will accept an offer to take the player on loan until the end of the season, paying his full wage of £100,000 a week, and have indicated that they have been negotiating with City.
"City will not let Lescott go unless they can bring in a replacement, but Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on Tuesday that the Blues have 'two or three' possibilities on the go.
"One of those is believed to be Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, but his £41.5million contract buy-out clause is a long way above City’s valuation."
The Mirror have also made comment, revealing that Fulham have now entered the group of interested parties, joining West Ham, Stoke, Besiktas, Tottenham and Aston Villa.
So will he stay of will he go? Who knows what to believe?!
Elsewhere, the M.E.N are also reporting that City could yet capture the services of Nigerian starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho.
After it was reported on Friday that the youngster would be heading to Sporting Lisbon, it has been claimed now that City are back in the driving seat in the race to sign him.
Brennan writes: "The youngster, who was voted best player at the under-17 World Cup, which his country won in November, had also been lined up by Porto.
"But City made a decisive move for the player before Christmas, although reports in Spain that the player has already signed a deal are premature.
"Iheanacho is now in Barcelona, and City are believed to be wary because the deal has already been put in jeopardy by the demands of people around the youngster."
Ewan Roberts suggests: "Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has refused to rule out a move to bring Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic back to the club in January.
"The Montenegro international joined the Etihad Stadium outfit during the summer, but has made just five appearances for the club in all competitions, netting just twice in the Capital One Cup against Wigan.
"With Viola top scorer Giuseppe Rossi sidelined for the next two months, the Serie A side are reportedly keen to reinforce their strikeforce in the winter window."
We'll have to see about that one...
Don't forget, if there's ever any truth in these rumours, we'll have it here first on mcfc.co.uk!