Independent: Spurs to chase Dzeko?
- 30 July 2013 08:55
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Edin Dzeko could be offered the chance to swap Manchester for North London, according to media reports today.
The striker was awarded Player of the Tournament at the Barclays Asia Trophy, and appears to have caught the eye of one of the other participants in Hong Kong, Tottenham Hotspur – according to the Independent.
The paper’s Jack De Menezes reports that Spurs could turn to the Bosnian frontman if a bid for Roberto Soldado fails.
He writes: “Tottenham’s latest bid for the Spaniard is believed to be £3.5m short of his release clause, and the La Liga club are unwilling to budge over their asking price of their prized asset.
“Should the two clubs fail to reach an agreement, Spurs could switch targets and try to lure Dzeko to White Hart Lane, with the Bosnian striker slipping further down the City pecking order after the arrivals of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.”
Elsewhere, today’s reports continue to dissect the potential impact of Matija Nastasic’s injury, suffered against Sunderland in the same tournament on Saturday.
While yesterday’s Guardian suggested reinforcements were on the way, the Manchester Evening News proposes that potential replacements could be closer to home, with Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards ready to step in.
Reports Rob Dawson: “In the aftermath of Nastasic’s injury, picked up during the Asia Trophy final on Saturday, Pellegrini played down suggestions he could be forced into the transfer market to find cover for the Serbian defender. He would perhaps argue that it’s not necessary given that he has inherited statistically the meanest defence in the Premier League.
“‘It doesn’t depend on just one thing,’ said Pellegrini after the 1-0 win over Sunderland.
“‘I said that we could do something else before the Premier League starts but maybe we stay with the same squad. At the moment we aren’t that concerned about that but I’m very happy with the squad we have.’
“While his words won’t bring comfort to those fans who think City are short at the back, they will have been welcomed by the heirs to Nastasic’s place in the team – Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards.
“Lescott and Richards have legitimate claims to be part of England’s World Cup plans next summer, should they qualify for the tournament in Brazil. And a chance to stake their claims for a first-team place at City while Nastasic is on the treatment table is the ideal platform to make a run at Roy Hodgson’s squad.”
However, in what could be a recurring theme over the next few media round-ups, the name of another defender has been added to the list of those linked with the Blues this summer.
Website forzaitalianfootball.com has translated a report in Italy suggesting that City are keeping a close eye on Cagliari defender, Davide Astori, following news of Nastasic’s injury.
The article notes: “Nastasic was injured during City’s 1-0 win in the Asia Trophy over Sunderland, and could be ruled out for up to a month forcing the Manchester club to look to the transfer market.
“As a result, alfredopedulla.com are reporting that the Citizens could make a move for Astori in order to ensure manager Manuel Pellegrini has enough cover for his backline.
As ever, you can read about any confirmed ins or outs at the club this summer on mcfc.co.uk first.