Dzeko linked with return to Germany
- Wed 23 May 2012, 9:01AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Edin Dzeko and Nigel de Jong are the names that take the eye when it comes to speculative City transfer stories in today's media coverage.
Bayern Munich are still scratching their heads when it comes to how they lost the Champions League final on home soil, but it is said they are looking to rebuild for next season with our Bosnian hitman in their sights.
Who says? footylatest.com:
"Reports coming out of Germany are that Bayern Munich have had discussions at board level about the possibility of landing Man City striker, Edin Dzeko.
"Dzeko has been the subject of much speculation over the last six months or so, there have been rumblings of discontent from the Bosnian international himself and it was always suspected that the 26 year old would be one of the players sold by City this summer.
"Dzeko also has experience of the Bundesliga, in fact it was his exploits with his previous club, Wolfsburg, that brought him to the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, however his stature has dropped slightly after a very disappointing season at Eastlands."
As for Nigel de Jong, the Mirror's James Nursey reckons that the man who brought him to City now wants to reunite with him at Loftus Road - under the winning headline of "De Jong time no see" (geddit?)
"Hughes was in charge at Man City when he signed the Dutch midfield hardman in January 2009 for £18million from Hamburg.
"De Jong has since made 135 appearances for City - including 21 this season as they won the Premier League.
"But De Jong was only a sub in City’s last four matches of the season and his contract is up next summer.
"The Dutch ace can expect to find competition even stiffer next term with boss Roberto Mancini set to strengthen again."
Micah Richards' exclusion from England's summer plans continues to earn coverage. Liverpool's Martin Kelly has been called up as stand-by for this weekend's friendly and the Mirror's Darren Lewis goes large on the story.
"Richards - shortlisted for City's Player of the Year award by fans - was left out of Hodgson's squad favour of Liverpool's Glen Johnson and Manchester United's Phil Jones.
"It is understood Richards then asked not to be put on standby because while Hodgson called other stars to tell them they were not in his 23-man party, he did not call the Richards himself.
"The defender's call came from Stuart Pearce - who is no longer even part of the England senior set-up.
"Last week Richards issued a dignified statement after his shock omission for Poland and Ukraine." Darren's done his research and you can read that statement on our website here.