MEN: Barry absence could be key at Goodison
- 01 May 2014 07:51
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Given there are just three games to go in the title race, you might be surprised to learn there isn’t much in the way of build up towards Saturday’s clash with Everton creeping into the headlines.
However, dig a little deeper and there are a few morsels worthy of attention.
The midfielder has been one of Everton’s star performers this season, but under the terms of his loan deal cannot line up against Manuel Pellegrini’s men on Saturday night, and Stuart Brennan argues that could be key.
Brennan writes: “It is no coincidence that Barry has made 31 starts for the Toffees this season – Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman are the only outfield players to have played more.
“In fact, Barry played himself back into contention for England, even though Roy Hodgson has resisted the temptation to return him to the squad."
“The fact that Barry will be missing from the Everton line-up on Saturday, due to the terms of his season-long loan, is a fillip for City.
“Barry has missed five league games for Everton this season and they only won one of those.”
Away from the business of playing actual football matches, there is plenty of transfer gossip to keep you entertained.
Summer is only just around the corner – at least, if you don’t judge by this morning’s weather – so expect more of this in the coming weeks.
You might as well get used to it now….
For those of you keeping a detailed track (although I suspect that’s becoming a full time job!), Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin is the latest defender to be linked with a move to Manchester.
Matt Law reports: “The 28-year-old, who joined Atletico from Villarreal in 2010, is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in European football.
“According to AS, City boss Manuel Pellegrini has identified the Uruguayan international as the perfect player to feature alongside Vincent Kompany in his back four next season.
“Manchester United and Chelsea are also believed to be interested, but City's strong relationship with Atletico is believed to stand them in good stead.”
More transfer gossip, you say? Oh, alright then.
Anyway, moving on from terrible puns, the website reports that the England defender is in talks with Besiktas, but they may need to qualify for the Champions League to persuade him to make the move.
The report reads: “Because he is in the final six months of his City deal, the 31-year-old is permitted to hold talks with clubs outside of England with a view to signing a pre-contract agreement.
“Besiktas board member Erdal Torunogullar has confirmed that his club have been in contact with Lescott.
“Torunogullar told Turkishfootball.com: “We have been interested in Lescott since last season and are currently in talks with him.
“We have not agreed anything yet with Lescott, he has not signed for us.”
“Besiktas may need to qualify for next season’s Champion League in order to convince Lescott to make the 1,680-mile move from Manchester to Istanbul.
“With three league games remaining, Besiktas are currently one point below Galatasaray, who occupy the final Turkish qualifying place for Europe’s premier club competition.”
Remember, when the transfer window does open mcfc.co.uk will be first with any confirmed deals.