Manchester City have been linked with every man and his dog since their oil-fueled takeover. Unfortunately, even the dog these days wants to play Champions League football and so City are finding that outstanding big names that don’t sulk and bugger off to Brazil really are hard to come by.
The Sun is still persisting in the belief that City can actually land Liverpool demigod Fernando Torres. For all the rumblings and uncertainty surrounding the Merseyside club, it would still be a massive shock to see the Spaniard reject offers from the myriad of over clubs interested in the striker to go to Eastlands. In fact, it’s place on the ‘shock-o-meter’ (US Military, patent pending) would be around about North Korea beating Brazil 5-0 with one of those goals coming from ‘benevolent’ dictator Kim Jong Il himself.
James Milner is certainly a more realistic option. A £28m deal would, however, deftly illustrate how easily City can be goaded into paying over the odds for a thus far unremarkable player. Reverse the clock two years and a deal like that would’ve been deemed certifiable, in the current economic climate it’s simply showing off.
City’s elusive carrot so far this summer has been Barcelona’s Yaya Toure. The Catalan club is no doubt keeping a firm grip on the midfielder until a deal is made with Arsenal for the exchange of £50m for Cesc Fabregas and the last morsel of Arsene Wenger’s dignity.
Toure’s agent had claimed that he had signed for a Premier League club earlier this month and the player has indicated his intentions to play in England in a recent press conference before the Portugal match. His brother Kolo is rumoured to pick him up from Manchester airport shortly after the World Cup.
Roberto Mancini is reportedly still in the hunt for Joe Cole. But, he’s got to be vewy vewy quiet. Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger are also cleaning their muskets. There have been strong rumours claiming the former Chelsea player has already agreed a deal with Arsenal, but with no formal announcement forthcoming, the pursuit could still be on.
Danish defender Simon Kjaer has also been linked with the Eastlands club after being passed over by Tottenham and Arsenal. Mancini is now reportedly willing to go toe to toe with Manchester United over the Palermo defender after it was claimed that the red side of Manchester had also made an enquiry for the 21-year-old.
The Citizens are also rumoured to have joined Arsenal in their chase for Ghana and Fulham midfielder King Gyan Osei. The 21-year-old has been out on loan in Belgium after being denied a work-permit. Gary Cook has yet to spell the Ghanaian’s name correctly in e-mail correspondence.
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