Zenit to join race for Skrtel?
- Tue 24 Jul 2012, 8:16AM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Zenit have apparently become interested in reported City target Martin Skrtel - meanwhile, the science behind the champions is uncovered.
City transfer tittle-tattle roared into life today with players linked in and out of the Etihad Stadium. Aside from the daily update on the apparent chase for Robin van Persie, moves for Skrtel and Javi Martinez are also discussed on the back pages and across the internet.
The Daily Mail have reported that City will face competition from Zenit for the signature of Liverpool’s Slovakian defender Skrtel, as he has yet to reach an agreement with Brendan Rodger’s side over a new deal.
Napoli are also linked.
Elsewhere, City could be set to miss out on Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez, after Barcelona’s Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta met with the Basque club to discuss a deal. That’s according to talkSPORT.
“Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta met with Athletic president Josu Urrutia last week to open negotiations, but the Basque club are seemingly unwilling to sanction any offers lower than £31.3m, which is the fee set in Martinez’s release clause.
“However, Barcelona, who completed the signing of Spain left-back Jordi Alba earlier this summer, are unable to offer more than £20.3m and will offer rookie goalkeeper Oier Olazabal in their bid to sign Martinez.”
Don't forget that no transfer in and out of City is ever complete until you see it confirmed here on the site.
Away from the transfer rumours, there’s a fascinating piece entitled “Manchester City: The science behind the champions”, which can be found on the BBC website.
The Beeb go behind the scenes at City in an attempt to uncover the secret of City’s wonderful injury record last season, speaking to head of science at City, Dr Sam Erith, on his theories behind condition, recovery and nutrition at a Premier League club.
"Our nutrition specialist, Tom Parry, talks to the players and analyses their diet and habits. We look at blood data to see if there are any deficiencies or issues there and some of the saliva markers that might show their immune system is compromised,” Erith told the BBC.
"This, combined with a detailed breakdown of their work-rate profiles in games and training, helps us to guide them to the most appropriate nutritional and recovery strategies.”