Rumour mill: Nasri closing gap on Sanchez
- 04 July 2011 11:44
- Posted by David Clayton
Just like the UK Top 40, the Rumour Mill, it seems, can see new entries coming in - as they say - with a bullet.
As you may have noticed, we've been keeping a close eye on each and every transfer rumour linking the Blues to players around the globe to illustrate how many column inches City take up these days.
Alexis Sanchez has easily topped the pile since we began keeping tabs on May 25, but with the Chilean apparently wanting a move to Barcelona over the Blues, his star is beginning to dip and he has only added two to his tally of 60 in the past seven days.
Luka Modric was the closest rival to Sanchez on 24, but with only one mention in the gossip columns plus a statement from Spurs saying the player isn't for sale, means he has now given up second spot to Samir Nasri, who has come from nowhere to add 29 to his previous total of 11. The Arsenal star now trails the leader by only 22.
Wesley Sneijder, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas have all stalled, too, but there has been a rush of Press money for Stefan Savic who adds seven transfer links to City to move on to 12. The bookies have stopped taking money on Gael Clichy switching from the Emirates to Eastlands, suggesting a deal is likely - otherwise he could have added 31 to his tally.
New additions this week include Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan,Udinese striker Antonio de Natale, Santos forward Neymar, Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik and Inter's Samuel Eto'o - though the majority of those stem from one widely used piece in the News of the World and may have been created from little more than a 'who do you like in Serie A, Roberto?' question.
As ever, any genuine signings will be announced officially on mcfc.co.uk first, so until then, watch this space...
The entire Rumour Mill Squad is:
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar)
Defence: Gary Cahill (Bolton), Leighton Baines (Everton), Serge Aurier (Lens), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Ajax), Raphael Varane (Lens), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Cristian Zapata (Udinese), Karim Rekik (Feyenoord), Stefan Savic (FK Partizan), Aly Cissokho (Lyon).
Midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Luka Modric (Tottenham), Wesley Sneijder (Inter), Juan Mata (Valencia), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Alessio Cerci (Fiorentina), Eden Hazard (Lille), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Radja Nainggolan (Inter).
Strikers: David Villa (Barcelona), Alexis Sanchez (Udinese), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Gonzalo Higuain (Read Madrid), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gervinho (Lille), Edinson Cavani (Napoli), David Villa (Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), M'Baye Niang (Caen), Hulk (Porto), Jeffren Suarez (Barcelona) Neymar (Santos), Samuel Eto'o (Inter), Antonio de Natale.