Mario Balotelli celebrated in song
- Wed 08 Aug 2012, 8:16AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
A full complement of players made their daily commutes to City’s Carrington base for the first time since May yesterday, so it’s little wonder that there are plenty of City strands in today’s media.
Roberto Mancini was seen on a visit to Old Trafford for the Olympic semi-final between Brazil and South Korea last night but there’s no suggestion it was a scouting mission for the Italian in today’s papers.
Instead, a rare spot of attention has been put in the direction of Mr Balotelli after he was name checked on a new song by prolific Canadian hip-hop artist Drake.
“The nod to the Premier League prankster comes courtesy of Canadian rapper Drake, who opens his contribution to new song 'Enough Said' by boasting of "swerving with Balotelli" around venues in Manchester,” reports Yahoo Sport.
We’re not sure what “swerving” equates to but we’ll report back if we can get an answer off Mario who apparently went for a curry with Drake after City’s 3-3 draw against Sunderland in March.
There’s some choicy language in the song, so we’d advise not listening to it in front of decent company…
The past 24 hours have also seen a new player linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium – that of Swansea City’s Team GB winger Scott Sinclair.
City are linked with an £8m move for the ex-Chelsea forward in the Daily Mail.
“City face competition. Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United are all monitoring the situation with the player likely to leave for around £8million,” reports the paper.
Luca Scapuzzi notched for the first team against Limerick on Sunday night and there’s a line (one line) in the Daily Mail after the Sinclair story hinting that he could be set to return to his Italian homeland with Serie A side Siena.
The link with Liverpool's Daniel Agger continues to rumble on, and ESPN Soccernet report that the Merseyside club are demanding £25m for their Danish defender.
As always, we’ll be first here on the official site with any confirmed transfer news.
Meanwhile, Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has vowed that his club will come back stronger after their title disappointment last season, as the new season creeps ever closer.
"We were punished and we can't allow that to happen again. We had a few injuries last season too. I hope everyone can stay fit this season,” said the defender in the Manchester Evening News.
Finally, a surprising stat from TalkSPORT who have analysed every Premier League goal scored last season in a bid to uncover the division’s most potent side from set pieces.
City placed second on the list of set piece scorers, with 26 scored from dead balls which made up 28% of the Blues’ total goals in 2011/12. Manchester United finished atop the list with 28 goals, 31.5% of their total.
You can watch all of City's goals from corners courtesy of CityTV.