City big players in Sunday market spree
- Sun 25 Mar 2012, 8:23AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
There are eight rounds (nine in United’s case) left of one of the most fascinating title races in years but still the Sunday media round up is dominated by what might happen in the summer.
The Blues are being linked here, there and everywhere with a raft of off-season purchases that range from home grown youngsters to expensive imports.
The Daily Star leads the way with a piece claiming that Derby boss Nigel Clough, whose side is hoping to launch a last minute charge for the Championship play-offs, is worried about losing ‘wonderkid’ – the paper’s word not ours or Clough’s – Mason Bennett in the summer.
For those of you not following the Rams this season, Bennett is a 15-year-old striker.
In the same publication, Paul Hetherington is convinced that the Blues are to bid for Atletico Bilbao and Argentina star Javi Martinez. The author claims City have already watched him seven times this season.
Over in another of the red topped Sunday papers, the Mirror, Steve Stammers reckons we are about to ‘wage war’ – always an interesting phrase when used in a sporting context – for Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan who is likely to feature in the Champions League clash with Chelsea this week.
United already have first-hand knowledge of the player who helped knock them out of Europe’s premier competition.
The Sun’s rise on a Sunday morning is proving as entertaining as everyone thought it might and it is they who have the obligatory Mario Balotelli piece this morning claiming that his biological mum has moved into ta council estate in Wythenshawe.
And finally to finish almost where we began, in the Sunday Telegraph, Duncan White chats to United’s Danny Welbeck who reveals he could have been a Blue but was rejected by City as a 14-year-old. It is a story that also makes the Mail on Sunday.