- Wed 12 Dec 2012, 9:28AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
There is a distinctly Latin feel to today’s City press snippets which like the frost and ice we all woke to this morning, is thin on the ground.
Firstly, Roberto Mancini is quoted on Italian Sky Sports as ruling the Blues out of any major Serie A raids in January.
City are continually linked with Italy’s brightest stars, but Mancini says he won’t be returning home for any New Year’s sales.
"We tried to get De Rossi last summer but didn't succeed and now we're not interested,” the boss told IB Times.
“At the moment we don't need De Rossi, I think he'll stay at Roma. Sneijder is a very good player but we have two players in Samir Nasri and David Silva who have the same skills as Sneijder. So Sneijder can't be helpful for us.”
talkSPORT suggest City are interested in AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy, but the Italian’s will resist and offers of cash or player exchanges. Reported on Football Fancast:
“AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has warned Manchester City that Stephan El Shaarawy will not be leaving the club, report talkSPORT.
“The Sky Blues’ manager Roberto Mancini is believed to be interested in the 20-year-old, who he sees as an ideal addition to his attacking armoury in the fight for the Premier League title.
“A possible swap deal involving controversial striker Mario Balotelli has been mooted, with the Italian failing to meet expectations at the Etihad Stadium. However, Galliani is insistent that El Shaarawy will not be leaving the Rossoneri: ‘El Shaarawy to swap with Balotelli at City? I swear that will end with El Shaarawy at Milan.’”
Expect more of the same featuring Mario in the coming days – it’s an easy page filler!
Finally, Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla has revealed David Silva is one of several close friends who have helped him settle so well into English life.
The Arsenal star, who missed a penalty in last night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford City, told Four Four Two: “We do talk when we’re with the national squad, and I have learned a lot because they are all more experienced with English football.
“We also have a laugh and although it’s a bit early to be joking about winning the league, we joke with David Silva because his team are the defending champions and arguably the favourites.”
Hopefully, Santi – hopefully!