Silly season again?
- Thu 15 Nov 2012, 9:22AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Making most of the headlines today is a report claiming City are interested in signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez when the transfer window opens in a little over six weeks - though, as is usually the case, there is no foundation whatsoever.
Several papers and websites carry the story which has come out of the blue and, with the Uruguay striker only recently signing a new long-term deal recently, it is a mystery where these stories come from.
Undeterred, the Liverpool Daily Post report: “City manager Roberto Mancini is keen to bolster his striking options with his team having struggled to replicate the form that earned a dramatic Premier League title last season.
“And the Eastlands outfit are ready to turn his attentions to Liverpool’s in-form Suarez, with City likely to be rebuffed in any attempt to sign in-demand Atletico Madrid forward Falcao given the Colombia international’s believed preference of a move to Chelsea.”
Elsewhere, Give Me Football suggest another Mancini target may be Barcelona star Sergio Busquets in their lead story.
The write: “The Spanish international has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in the past, although the Citizens have since released a statement insisting they had made no approach for him.
“Speaking ahead of Spain’s game against Panama this evening, Busquets admitted he did not know if his agent has spoken to representatives from Manchester City, and refused to shut the door on a switch to the Premier League despite being happy in Spain.
"’I do not know if City has spoken to the club or my representative,’ Busquets told reporters. ‘At the moment, I am the same as you. I am living in the present and I'm very happy.
“’I would hope to continue at [Barcelona] for many years but I like to live in the present; no-one knows what will happen in the future.’"
Finally, after the Remembrance Sunday and the message ‘lest we forget’, perhaps Neil Ashton’s version in the Daily Mail should be ‘how soon we forget’ when it comes to Joe Hart.
Ashton focuses on a rare bad day at the office for the City No.1 and is already claiming England should look at other options. What, after one off-colour game?
He writes: “He was exposed, brutally, after the break. He was late latching on Ibrahimovic's third and humiliated with his failure to clear the ball in the final minute.
“Hart will be waking up in cold sweats after that error, turning round just in time to watch the Sweden striker's incredible effort nestling in England's net.
“Roy Hodgson has other keepers, John Ruddy and Fraser Forster were both on the bench, and it is a wonder that England's manager had not called upon them.
“Against Brazil in February, it may be time to look at alternatives.”
You are in the minority, I would suggest, with that thought Mr Ashton…