Blues lead Mangala chase?
- 10 January 2014 10:21
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
There’s no sign of transfer speculation involving City diminishing anytime soon and we kick off with Here Is the City’s story linking the Blues with a huge bid for Eliaquim Mangala.
The Porto defender has allegedly been on City’s radar for some time and Dan Coombs writes: “Have Manchester City made their move for Chelsea and Manchester United target Eliaquim Mangala of Porto?
“There is no secret that City need to strengthen their backline, with last night's starter Joleon Lescott regularly linked with an exit.
“Reports on the continent are claiming City have made their move for Porto man Eliaquim Mangala. French website Le10Sport claim an exclusive, writing: ‘According to our information, the Blues Manchester City in recent hours have passed a new offer of €45 million to FC Port . They had already proposed this sum at the end of the summer transfer window, but the directors of Porto refused. This time it could be different.’”
We move on.
The Blues’ global search for the cream of youth talent could set to be stretch to Nigeria – according toKick Off.com, at least.
They report: “Nigeria Under-17 national striker Musa Yahaya is wanted by both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City according to media reports.
“When Nigeria won the Under-17 Fifa World Cup in November the 16-year-old was one of the star performers at the tournament.
“City look most likely to land the youngster as they have been strongly linked to signing his international teammates Chidiebere Nwakali and Kelechi Iheanacho even though reports have surfaced that Spurs are also chasing the players signature. The deal is thought to be in the region of £400,000.”
Finally, the MEN’s Stuart Brennan writes about a potential transfer deal that he believes City shouldn’t allow to happen.
As our top story proves, Lescott has been linked to various moves over the past few weeks, but Brennan says letting the popular defender move on this month would be a mistake.
He writes: “So far it seems that the only interest has been from clubs wanting to loan Lescott. Unless there was an extraordinary side to such a deal, that would not make sense for City, who have already found themselves short of cover in central defence this season, with injuries to Kompany, Demichelis and Nastasic at various times.
“Lescott has proved himself a dependable and experienced defender, and has started three of the last five City games. No-one should forget that he formed a partnership with Kompany which helped bring the Premier League title to the Etihad Stadium in 2012, part of the meanest defence in the country.”
Well worth a read. More gossip and speculation tomorrow…